Wilder saw off Luis Ortiz in New York last weekend with a 10th round knockout.
The American wants a bout with Joshua, who takes on New Zealander Joseph Parker later this month, next.
And AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the fight is set to go ahead.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5Live he said: “Anthony Joshua wants to fight Deontay Wilder.
“He believes he can beat him.
“We know he’s beatable, but he’s also very dangerous. He can punch very hard.
World Amateur Championships: Joshua picked up a silver medal in Baku, Azerbaijan after losing by a single point to local boxer Magomedrasul Majidov in the final – securing his place at the 2012 Olympic games
“There’s a chance Anthony can maybe box in late summer and then again in December or January”
“There’s so many permutations: There’s a two-fight deal with one in Vegas and one at Wembley, one fight, so many different ways to structure the deal.
“You have to give the fans what they want.
“So for the good of boxing and Anthony Joshua, we need to make Wilder-Joshua if he beats Parker.”
When pressed on if the fight will happen this year, Hearn added: “Yes, I think so.
“There’s a chance Anthony can maybe box in late summer and then again in December or January.
“I don’t think there is any holding Anthony Joshua back.”
Joshua holds two of boxing’s world heavyweight titles with Parker and Wilder holding the others.
The Brit puncher will hope to add Parker’s WBO strap to his IBF and WBA titles on March 31 when they do battle in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Focus will then turn to unifying the heavyweight division by battling WBC champion Wilder.