Everton are mulling over a summer swoop for Leeds United striker Chris Wood, according to Football Insider.
It is difficult to avoid the impact that Wood has had on Leeds’ campaign this season.
The New Zealander has netted 24 Championship goals in 36 matches, which has helped Garry Monk’s side propel a promotion challenge.
As it stands, the Whites are fourth in the table, eight points adrift of sealing automatic promotion into the Premier League.
In total this season, Wood has found the back of the net 27 times in 40 appearances in all competitions, which has attracted the eye of Everton.
Football Insider claims that scouts at the Merseyside club are keeping tabs on the forward, who joined Leeds from Leicester City in 2015.
For a club trying to break into the top six of the Premier League elite, pursuing a Championship striker would not make perfect sense.
However, a player of Wood’s ability can only strengthen the attacking options, which are currently led by Romelu Lukaku.
If the Belgian hitman leaves Goodison Park this summer, then Everton would need more than the Leeds striker to match Lukaku’s talent.
If the 23-year-old stayed, though, having Wood as a strike partner could result in a plethora of goals between the pair.
Given his prolific form this season, the Leeds man would be an upgrade on Enner Valencia, whose loan deal from West Ham United expires at the end of the season.
A slight concern from Everton’s point of view is that Wood has spent the majority of his career in the second tier, and when in the Premier League he only managed to score once in the division.
From Leeds perspective, they should do all they can to keep their man at Elland Road, particularly if they are competing in the top flight next season.