Chris Wood is the latest name to emerge as a potential target for West Ham United this summer…
According to Football Insider, the Irons have joined the race to secure the towering Burnley talisman in the upcoming transfer window, with the likes of Everton and Aston Villa also said to be keen.
David Moyes is thought to be a big fan of the 29-year-old and admires his physicality, finishing and ability to spearhead the attack.
The Clarets are expected to demand in the region of £30m for their star striker and that could even rise to £40m should a bidding war between the three top-flight teams occur.
It’s no secret that the Hammers are desperate to bolster their frontline this off-season and Wood is certainly an interesting candidate to fulfil their needs.
He’s a player that has been lauded as a great fit for the East London outfit in the past, with club legend Trevor Sinclair waxing lyrical over him to talkSPORT.
“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,” he claimed last month.
Wood has proven to be a prolific goalscorer in the English top-flight in recent seasons, particularly as Burnley are far from regular contenders at the top-end of the table.
As per Transfermarkt, the 6 foot 3 marksman has hit double figures in each of his last four Premier League campaigns, with a career-best of 14 goals coming during 2019/20.
In that season, Wood tore Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham apart in one game. The Lancashire underdogs romped to a 3–o victory with the powerhouse getting his name on the scoresheet.
He ran the Irons’ backline ragged with five shots, three big chances missed, and four aerial duels won, as per SofaScore. Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop just could not deal with his threat.
These are glowing endorsements of Wood but perhaps the greatest compliment has been paid by legendary forward Alan Shearer, who claimed he is “horrible to play against” as he “won’t give defenders a moment’s peace.”
The Hammers have not had a viable target man option since Andy Carroll and you’d imagine that the 56-cap New Zealand international would have no trouble in fitting in at the London Stadium.
Whether that is as Moyes’ first-choice, as the perfect foil to Michail Antonio or even the pair playing up top together, he would evidently be a fine addition to help the Irons and their Europa League quest.