West Ham United enter the race to sign Burnley striker Chris Wood this summer, Football Insider reports. Wood has two years left on his contract, but the Clarets are open to selling him for at least £30 million. The fee could rise to £40m if there is a bidding battle!!!
Aston Villa were recently linked with thw player and is now reported that thw Hammers and Everton have entered the pursuit of the 29-year-old.
Wood has netted 47 goals in the top-flight for Burnley from 127 appearances.
Trevor Sinclair’s opinion on Talk Sport:
You look at what David Moyes has built at West Ham over the last 12, 18 months and Chris Wood could fit into a side like that with no hesitation.
“Whether a club is going to pay the money, I’m not sure what he’d cost, but you’d only know if you give him the opportunity.
“It’s whether someone is going to pay the money because he is obviously the talisman.”
With West Ham edging closer to securing European football next season, Sinclair is unsure whether Wood, 29, would be able to step up to that level
He said: “It’s the fourth season that he’s got double figures in a well-organised Burnley team. That’s good going.
“Age is probably going against him – he’s 29 now. But if you look at the last 14 goals Burnley have scored, he’s been involved in 11 of them.
“His involvement – eight goals and three assists – it’s massive to the team.
“I’ve been a bit disappointed, I know he’s had injury problems this year, but Ashley Barnes hasn’t featured so much with his goals or availability.
“But Wood has stepped up and he has a good relationship with [Matej] Vydra in that final third.
“He does a good job. But whether he’s good enough to step up to a bigger club, I’m not sure.”