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Report: Everton keen on £15m international with 24 international goals

Everton want to beat a host of other clubs to the signing of Burnley and New Zealand striker, Chris Wood, this summer.

Wood, 29, is being courted by the likes of West Ham and Aston Villa, with Everton also keen, according to The Mirror.

The no-nonsense striker has been in fine form for Burnley in the last 12 months or so. He notched 12 times last term, helping the Clarets steer themselves well clear of relegation.

Wood has also got a good record at international. He has 24 goals for New Zealand, which is just shy of one in two.

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The big striker arrived at Burnley for a fee of around £15m back in the summer of 2017. Wood has enjoyed spells with the likes of Leeds, West Brom, and Leicester City in the past.

Everton are thought to be keeping an eye on Wood’s situation. This, even though they’re yet to appoint a new manager. It is believed the Toffees could recommend Wood to any incoming new coach.

Burnley, on the other hand, will be desperate to keep hold of their talisman after his fine season. Sean Dyche remains in charge for now, although the likes of Crystal Palace are thought to be keen on him.

Chris Wood is so underrated, he’d be brilliant with Everton

Obviously, the Toffees have Dom Calvert-Lewin down the middle. But if a new boss wants to play two up front, him and Wood would be a handful.

Wood is all about occupying his defender and making himself a nuisance. But he also has a good touch and in front of goal, is as good as any in the bottom half of the PL.

Burnley might demand a good fee for Wood, and rightly so. However, if Everton want to push on, then the big striker is exactly the sort of player they need to be looking at.

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