Newcastle United have handed Callum Wilson a fresh two-year contract with the option of a further year based on different factors, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The striker was on the scoresheet in Newcastle’s 4-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday and has proven to be a strong asset to his side. The weekend fixture marked his return to the side following a five-week absence as a result of an injury, while his fellow striker, record-signing Alexander Isak, is currently unavailable for selection.
The new deal will see the forward become one of the highest earners at the club. It has also been reported that the Magpies have given him these fresh terms so that he can aid in the development of the young attackers at St James' Park.
Wilson moved to Newcastle in the summer of 2020 on a four-year deal from AFC Bournemouth. In all competitions, the 30-year-old has made 50 appearances, scoring on 23 occasions while also providing five assists.
Following Saturday’s victory over Fulham, which moved Newcastle up to seventh in the Premier League table, manager Eddie Howe stressed how key Wilson is to his side.
He said: “The goal that he did score is a typical striker’s finish. He’s in the right place at the right time to finish the move off.
“He’s a hugely important part of our team, a focal point. We rely not just on his goals but his movement, his work rate. His appearance in the team gave us confidence.
“Knowing Callum as I do, I don’t think anything really fazes him other than trying to be the best that he can be.
“He’s got an incredible attitude to the game, an incredible way of looking at life and football.
“He will see it as healthy competition. It will inspire him to perform better because he knows he’s got someone, plus Chris Wood, breathing down his neck and that’s very healthy for the team.”