BOURNEMOUTH have accepted Newcastle United's £20m offer for Callum Wilson, paving the way for the striker's move to St James' Park.

While Aston Villa were willing to pay slightly more than the Magpies, having lodged a £21m offer within hours of their rivals' bid, Wilson's desire to join Newcastle has proved decisive.

The England international told Bournemouth officials he wanted to move to Tyneside yesterday, effetcively forcing their hand in the negotiating process.

The Borunemouth board have informed both Newcastle and Villa of developments this morning, and have formally accepted the Magpies' offer.

Villa officials have accepted they are now effectively out of the running, unless there are issues in tying up Wilson's move to Tyneside.

The 28-year-old is set to have a medical at Newcastle within the next 48 hours, by which time the formalities of his contract should be tied up.

Provided things go smoothly, there is a good chance of him being involved in Newcastle's opening game of the new Premier League season next weekend.

The Magpies stand on the verge of a triple signing, with Norwich City having accepted their £13.5m offer for Jamal Lewis and free agent Ryan Fraser having held talks over his move to the club.