IN THE KNOW
AFC Bournemouth face a fight to hang onto highly rated striker Callum Wilson if they are not promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Wilson has only been on the South Coast since last summer when he made the £3m move from League One strugglers Coventry City.
The former England U21 international, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday, has proved to be a sensation in his first season in the Championship.
His strike against Derby County last month was his 18th in all competitions and his form has had Premier League scouts flocking to watch him.
Wilson came through the youth ranks at Coventry and had loan spells in the Conference at Tamworth and Kettering Town.
But it would appear that he will be playing in the top flight next season even if Eddie Howe’s side fail to win promotion.
Premier League leaders Chelsea are said to be keeping tabs on his progress while Aston Villa, who have been short of goals this season, are also interested.
One sticking point to any deal could be that Bournemouth, who don’t need to sell, are thought to rate Wilson at over £12m, four times what they paid for him. BRISTOL City are set to make a move for Fulham striker Matt Smith if they are promoted to the Championship at the end of the season.
Smith, 25, returns to west London this weekend after a successful stay in the West Country and it would lead to a permanent move for the star in the summer. SHEFFIELD Wednesday are poised to make a move to sign out-of-favour Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert, 23, on loan for the rest of the season.
The French ace is keen to get his career back on track after it stalled following the Foxes’ promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season.
The Owls are very keen on signing him while Brentford and Wolves have also been keeping tabs on him.
Knockaert looked set to be on his way to Ipswich at the start of last week until the move fell through.
Leicester signed Knockaert from French side Guingamp in 2012.