West Ham & Everton in race for 29-cap international, bargain clause could help deal

West Ham and Everton are two clubs in need of strikers, so fans here in the Transfer Tavern take each and every report linking their clubs with hit-men seriously, making Bild’s revelation that Bobby Wood is wanted by both one being treated pretty seriously.

The USA international, who has been capped 29 times, is currently plying his trade in Germany with Hamburg, where he’s hit nine goals in 24 outings this term.

And Bild claim that he’s attracting a lot of interest from England, with West Ham and Everton, as well as Liverpool, Leicester, Stoke and Southampton, keen on the 24-year-old.

Interestingly, they state that a €5m (£4.3m) release clause will come into place should Hamburg be relegated – a distinct possibility given Die Rothosen are 16th in the Bundesliga, which will see them enter a relegation play-off against a Bundesliga 2 side to decide their fate, while if they drop any lower they will be one of the two sides to automatically fall into the second tier.

Such a sum would be a bargain for a full international with a decent scoring record – he netted 17 times for Union Berlin in league action in 2015/16 – while even if the Volksparkstadion outfit stay up he’ll be available for €12m (£10.3m) due to another clause in his contract, which is still quite low.

Wood, born in Hawaii, is known for his pace and ability to function across the forward line.

Bobby Wood is an option Everton should be looking at – agree?

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