Newcastle United have been linked with a move for striker Chris Wood from Premier League rivals Burnley, who is someone that could make a big impact at St James’ Park if he made the move to Tyneside.
The Sunday Mirror previously claimed (16 August, Page 67) that Newcastle and Southampton are both in a race to try sign the attacker during this summer’s window.
It is understood that the New Zealand international is valued at around £13million by Burnley.
Wood, 28, was one of the star men at Turf Moor last season for Burnley by scoring 14 Premier League goals and proving himself to be top-flight quality.
He’s a powerful centre-forward that uses his physicality to lead the line for his team, but his movement around the penalty area is underrated and he’s a clinical finisher too.
There is a strong possibility he would be a bargain signing for anyone at the mooted £13million valuation, especially for Steve Bruce’s Newcastle.
Newcastle have remained a Premier League side for another season and their resilient defence is the real cornerstone of their team, but supporters are desperate to see more from them going forward.
They now have real excitement on the wings with the likes of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, but are crying out for a central figure to bring it all into one potent attacking unit.
Newcastle had a popular central figure in Salomon Rondon during the 2018/19 season, who was a South American forward that looked the part during his one-year loan at the club.
He managed 12 goals and seven assists in the campaign, which was a big reason the club stayed clear of relegation that year and he’s somebody that is yet to be replaced in the XI.
There are plenty of similarities in the playing style of Wood and Rondon, which is why the Burnley target man is a no-brainer for Newcastle and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he made a similar impact to the latter.
Wood could be the new version of Rondon in terms of his work in the final third and his previous experience in the Premier League would mean he could hit the ground running.