The Mirror are reporting that we are competing with Southampton in the hunt for Burnley forward Chris Wood, stating he could be allowed to leave for just £13m this summer.
The 28-year-old New Zealand international has been a key part of the Burnley squad since arriving from Leeds United three years ago in a £15m deal, bagging a very handy 34 goals in 94 Premier League appearances.
The Mirror report that Ralph Hassenhutl sees him as the perfect foil for the resurgent Danny Ings – who was arguably the top flight’s most improved player last season. However, he could be a very good acquisition for ourselves, with a £13m deal for a target man like him who can also score goals at this level seeming like one we should be all over if true.
£13m for a striker who’s got into double figures over the past three seasons in a defensive Burnley side could be a real bargain, with his 14 goals in 2019/20 being more than double the amount all FOUR of our strikers scored combined!
He would be more effective than any of our current options following a disappointing showing in front of goal in 19/20, where our whole team scored just 38 times in 28 games – our worst return in Premier League history.
If Wood was to come to St James’ Park, it would show a clear U-turn in transfer policy to last summer when we knocked back the chance to sign Salomon Rondon for £16m due to his age, which was 29 at the time.
The current Newcastle side need someone to stick the ball in the net very much for the here and now, and it is positive to see us linked with someone who is exactly what I think we need – a proven top flight talisman.
A low risk signing, but he knows exactly where the goal is.