Sky Sports‘ Kaveh Solhekol has made some very interesting claims regarding Chris Wood’s future, following interest from Newcastle United.
He insists that Burnley have no interest in selling either him or star centre-back James Tarkowski to a relegation rival, but hints that a potential release clause in Wood’s contract could change things.
It hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, however the Sky Sports reporter claims that there ‘has been some suggestions’ that there is a buyout clause in the 30-year-old’s current deal; meaning Burnley would be powerless to keeping him if we activated it and the player himself was keen to sign.
This comes after The Telegraph revealed on Sunday afternoon that we had made an approach over a deal to bring the New Zealand international to St James’ Park.
Many felt it was a non starter, with Burnley seeming so unlikely to do business with a direct relegation rival, but things could change considerably if Solhekol’s release clause claims prove to be correct.
Watch what he had to say on all of this below:
If such a clause really does exist, the next question would be at what price?
If it’s around the £15m mark, we might be in business, especially when Eddie Howe is set to prefer proven Premier League players; something Chris Wood is after getting into double figures in each of his four seasons at Burnley.