Burnley striker Chris Wood could be in line for a move to a club in the Champions League – but not one of the Premier League sides in the competition.
Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport claimed [via Daily Mail] that the New Zealand international has been offered to Lazio, with his representatives informing the Serie A outfit that the 28-year-old is keen on a move to Italy.
The report added that the Lazio board will consider tabling a bid for the Clarets striker, whom the Rome club’s manager Simone Inzaghi is interested in adding to his squad.
That unsurprisingly made him the Clarets’ top scorer for the season, three ahead of Jay Rodriguez, and he found the net almost twice as regularly as centre-forward team-mates Ashley Barnes and Matej Vydra combined. [via TransferMarkt]
The 28-year-old was by no means a mere flat-track bully, either – in 2019/20, he scored in both games against his former club Leicester, who just missed out on a Champions League place, while scoring one goal and setting up the other in the 2-0 win at Manchester United, who will be in Europe’s elite competition next term.
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That ability to find the net against high-calibre opposition, in addition to the high volume of goals in Wood’s locker, is probably what has endeared him to Lazio as they prepare for a first Champions League group stage campaign since 2007/08.
Alongside 36-goal Ciro Immobile, the New Zealander could form a potent partnership as well as possibly relieving some of the scoring burden on the Italian marksman, who despite his enormous tally was the only Lazio player to hit double figures last term.
The 28-year-old would obviously leave sizeable scoring boots to fill at Burnley if he moves on from Turf Moor, although a move to a Champions League club at this stage of his career could be very difficult to turn down.
The potential move to Lazio is one that he will have very much earned given his heroics in England, and while Sean Dyche would have a tough task on his hands trying to replace Wood’s potency, it should come as quite a compliment to Burnley that a Serie A side embarking on a Champions League campaign would want one of their players.
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