Newcastle confident of holding off Aston Villa to sign Wilson this week

Newcastle United are confident Aston Villa will not de-rail their bid to land Callum Wilson – because the England striker wants a move to Tyneside.

Battle lines were drawn over the forward on Saturday when Villa tabled a bid with Bournemouth worth £21million.

That left the Cherries' hit-man with a decision to make after Newcastle made the first move for the 28-year-old striker.

They thought they had snared their man after a £17million offer was accepted on Friday.

Villa had also interested but had been keen on a fee that was heavily-weighted towards performances and other add-ons.

But once it became clear the Magpies were leading the chase, they upped their offer – leaving their target with a decision to make.

However, it appears their efforts will be in vain as Wilson has his heart set on a switch to the north-east and will reject any overtures from Villa Park.

Newcastle are now finalising the deal and should announce their new man next week in what has turned out to be a surprisingly-busy summer.

And there appears to be further good news on the horizon – with the potential arrival of Norwich City's Jamal Lewis after a £13.5m fee was agreed with the Canaries.

The 22-year-old is currently on international duty and played in Friday night's 1-1 draw against Romania in Bucharest.

Lewis was recently a target of Premier League champions Liverpool who reportedly had a £10m bid rejected.

Norwich were holding out for a sum closer to £20m, and while Newcastle's bid falls short of that figure, their bid is set to rise significantly depending on performance-related add-ons and a sell-on clause.

However, boss Bruce will not be able to speak to the player directly until he returns from international duty to formally conclude the negotiations surrounding his switch.

And the good news may not stop there.

It had been widely anticipated that popular winger Matt Ritchie would make a move back to the south coast.

Originally, he had been part of the deal with Wilson but his personal terms were a sticking point with the Cherries.

That has proved a tricky obstacle to overcome with new boss Jason Tindall unable to make the numbers stack up.

Ritchie, who is contracted to the Tynesiders until 2023, now looks likely to stay at the club ahead of the Premier League's kick-off next week.

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