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Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has confirmed the club’s interest in Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

The 26-year-old striker has been in good form this season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists in 16 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth, and earned his first cap for England, scoring in a friendly win over the USA.

Chelsea are reportedly confident of signing the striker in January and are happy to meet Bournemouth’s £30million asking price.

Ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter final clash with Chelsea, Zola confirmed Chelsea’s interest in the striker.

“I’m sure that there are a lot of players that are linked with us,” Zola said.

“Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well for his club and he is of interest, not just for us, but for many.”

Wilson signed a four year contract extension at the Vitality Stadium in July and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe recently that the striker won’t leave in January.

“Callum is focusing on his football and we are not anticipating losing any players in January we don’t want to,” Howe said.

“He seems very happy, he has a spring in his step, he is buzzing around the training ground and there is a very good feel about him.”

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