West Ham United keen on Burnley striker Chris Wood
West Ham United are eyeing a summer move for Burnley striker Chris Wood, according to Mirror.
The Hammers want a new number 9 ahead of next season after failing to bring in a direct replacement for Sebastien Haller in January.
Wood has two more seasons left to run on his contract at Turf Moor, and it would take West Ham and other suitors more than £25million to prise him away [Mirror].
Aston Villa are also keen on the New Zealand international, but David Moyes’ men have an edge as they are offering European football next term.
Perfect striker for West Ham
The Hammers love a powerhouse leading their line, and the Burnley star has proven his quality in front of goal in the top-flight.
Wood has 50 goals in 144 games across all competitions for the Clarets, with 46 of them coming across four Premier League campaigns.
The former Leicester City hitman has 47 top-flight goals to his name – the most by a New Zealander – and we could do with such a quality finisher in front of goal.
Michail Antonio’s fitness struggles dealt a blow on our top-four chances last term, and we cannot afford to start 2021-22 with him as our only senior striking option.
Wood is the type of target man Moyes wants leading his line, and having him alongside Antonio in attack would be too much to handle for most opposition defences.
The Burnley star is ready-made for West Ham and does not cost an arm and leg, and we would love to see him at the London Stadium next season.
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