Newcastle United: Chris Wood may not be available for January exit
Newcastle United are not looking to sell Chris Wood during the upcoming January window, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Wood linked with Newcastle exit
Earlier this month, it was reported that Leeds United are weighing up a potential bid to sign the New Zealand striker in the mid-season window.
Although he has made 14 appearances in the Premier League for the Magpies this season, Wood has only found himself in Eddie Howe’s starting XI on two occasions.
Despite his lack of regular starts and his recent links to Leeds, though, it has now been claimed that the Tyneside club are not looking to offload the centre-forward in January.
The Latest: Wood ‘not available’ to leave
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones shared a claim about Wood and his current situation at St James’ Park with the January transfer window on the horizon.
He said: “My information right now on that one is that Chris Wood is not available. But that situation might change in January if Newcastle do some business and sign another forward.”
The Verdict: Newcastle should look for an upgrade
Despite making 14 appearances in the league for the Toon this season, the 31-year-old has only taken five shots at goal, three of which have been off-target.
Bearing in mind how Alexander Isak has been struck down with a serious injury not long after arriving at St James’ Park, and with Callum Wilson having an unenviable injury record, keeping hold of Wood would be the smart option for Newcastle in January.
However, as Jones mentioned, if they are able to sign another striker in January, this would seemingly make it easier for the club to cash in on Wood, especially if Leeds are keen on signing him.
In our view, this should be the objective for the Magpies in January, especially if either Isak or Wilson are hit with any potential injuries further down the line.