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Newcastle United: Howe keen to keep hold of Chris Wood in January

Newcastle United: Howe keen to keep hold of Chris Wood in January -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe wants to keep hold of Chris Wood during the upcoming January transfer window. 

The Lowdown: Wood linked with Newcastle exit

Earlier this month, it was reported that Leeds United are weighing up a potential January swoop for the Magpies striker.

The New Zealand international was in action for the Toon recently as he scored in their 2-1 friendly win over Rayo Vallecano at St. James’ Park.

With the January transfer window opening for business in the coming weeks, some behind-the-scenes details have emerged regarding Wood’s future at the Tyneside club.

The Latest: Howe keen for Wood to stay

Sharing a corresponding article from The Athletic, Chris Waugh took to Twitter to state that Newcastle have ‘no intention to sell’ Wood next month, as he is a ‘reliable’ presence in the squad.

The report elaborated that even though Newcastle would have ‘considered selling’ the striker last summer had they ‘received a decent permanent bid’ for him, the Magpies rejected ‘several late loan offers’ for the 31-year-old.

Waugh added that Howe is keen for the club to dismiss any January enquiries for Wood, with PIF expecting to receive some interest in him.


The Verdict: A wise move from Howe

Bearing in mind how Isak has been out of action since October with a hamstring injury and that Callum Wilson has had his fair share of historical injury issues – in addition to some concerns over his fitness while away with England for the World Cup – keeping hold of Wood is probably the best option for Howe and Newcastle.

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Even though the 31-year-old has only scored once in 14 league appearances this season, having him in the squad could prove to be vital for the Toon throughout the remainder of the campaign.

Whether or not any offers come in for the striker in January, the Newcastle hierarchy should have no thoughts about letting Wood leave St James’ Park before the end of the season, in case his services are very much required.

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