Eddie Howe says he does not want Callum Wilson to leave Bournemouth 'at any price'
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 11/01/19 10:48am
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has reiterated he does not want to sell Callum Wilson "at any price".
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is willing to pay up to £50m for the striker if he is unable to bring Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge.
There are also reports West Ham would be interested in signing the 29-year-old if Marko Arnautovic leaves the London Stadium.
But speaking ahead of Sunday's match at Everton, live on Sky Sports, Howe insisted Wilson is going nowhere.
"I've been told about the speculation, it's not something I seek to read," said Howe. "It's a waste of time for me to do so. It's business as normal, Callum has been bright and bubbly this week so no problems there.
"In my opinion, and it's just my opinion I wouldn't sell at any price but I'm the manager of the team trying to create the best team that I can.
"We desperately want to take the team forward and to do that we have got to keep our best players.
"He [Wilson] is a very important member of the team. He has unique attributes that really complement what we do here. He's been a really good goal scorer for us this season, that's the hardest things to do in the sport so we value him really highly."
Bournemouth have already been active in the transfer market this month with Dominic Solanke signing in a £19m move from Liverpool while Jermain Defoe has joined Rangers in an 18-month loan deal.
Howe says there could be some more business before the window closes.
"I wouldn't rule anything in or out. It's a month that historically we have never wanted to do anything," he added.
"This season, more than any other, we have been forced to act on the back of the injuries that we've had to some personnel in the team so we will wait to see what happens in the rest of the window.
"We need to react if anything else happens to any of our players injury wise and of course we are always looking to improve the squad."