Tottenham Hotspur have been tipped to sign a rival Premier League striker this window and despite the shocks it may cause, it’s a move that would make the world of sense…
According to Football.London reporter Alasdair Gold, Spurs are ‘keeping an eye’ on Burnley talisman Chris Wood, speaking on his YouTube channel he said:
“People might laugh at Chris Wood as a potential [signing] but I’d heard that Spurs are just keeping a little eye on him.
“He’s 28, I think he scored 14 Premier League goals last season, he’s a big, bustling, [Jose] Mourinho-esque striker.
“I think he’s got a few years left on his deal, I don’t think he’d be cheap and I think Burnley would be quite loath to lose him, but as a backup striker or someone that Kane can feed off, I don’t think that’s a bad deal at all.
“I think he’s a younger version of a [Olivier] Giroud-type.”
As Gold eludes to, Wood is the sort of striker Mourinho absolutely loves – think Diego Costa, Karim Benzema and Didier Drogba. Imposing and powerful sorts who can find the back of the net.
The 28-year-old did indeed bag 14 goals in the top-flight last term whilst averaging 3.8 aerial duels won, 2 shots and 0.7 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
It’s the third season in a row where he has hit at least ten and it’s not as if Burnley are known for scoring a plethora of goals either.
Spurs were interested in Olivier Giroud during the January transfer window and in Wood, they’d be getting an identical fit who’s got plenty more years to give.
He’d be dream foil for Harry Kane, whether that be as his second fiddle or as a partner in attack.
Given a fee of over £30m has been touted for Callum Wilson, it would make a lot more sense to move for Wood instead this summer.
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