Newcastle keen to sign Burnley’s Chris Wood – and fans don’t know what to think
Newcastle are looking to secure the signing of Chris Wood from Burnley during the January transfer window as they look to boost their Premier League survival hopes.
Attention is now back on the league, following their demoralising FA Cup exit at the hands of Cambridge United on Saturday, where they sit two points from safety after 19 fixtures.
Burnley sit level on points with Newcastle but have played two games fewer, and could be tempted by a big bid for their star forward.
Although Wood might not have the profile of Kylian Mbappe, who Newcastle were fancifully linked to following their takeover last season, many fans think he is exactly what the club needs.
The Telegraph reports that Newcastle have turned their attention to Wood – and hope that they can secure a deal with Burnley at some point this week.
The 30-year-old has managed 50 goals across 155 Premier League appearances in total, hitting at least 10 in the division in each of his four full seasons at Turf Moor.
Wood joined the club from Leeds in 2017 for an estimated £15million, and is under contract until the summer of 2023 following an extension to his deal back in 2019.
Can Chris Wood fire Newcastle to Premier League safety? Tell us in the comments section
One fan said of links to both Wood and Todd Cantwell of Norwich: "If Newcastle United sign Todd Cantwell and Chris Wood, it will count as double. Both will be solid signings."
With a second agreeing: "I wouldn’t be against Chris Wood and Todd Cantwell signing. They are not the superstars everyone wants but they improve the squad and weaken those around us."
A third continued: "Todd Cantwell & Chris Wood would be a welcome additions. Need at least on top central defender as a well #nufc."
On the other hand, a doubter wrote: "90% #NUFC fans getting excited over Chris wood, shocking ambition if we go for him, keep hearing he’s as good as (Callum) Wilson, we want an upgrade not a player on par."
With a second adding: "We need upgrades, players better than what we have in every position. Wood is an upgrade on nobody."
And a third agreeing: "While Chris Wood is an improvement at striker over (Dwight) Gayle or ASM (Allan Saint-Maximin), you have to wonder why we’re signing a striker from an offence that’s as woeful as our own. Surely we aim higher than the relegation zone, no?"
Should Newcastle secure the signing of the New Zealand international this week, he could even make his debut in the Premier League clash against Watford next Saturday.
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