Gabby Agbonlahor has dropped a big transfer claim on West Ham United and their pursuit of Burnley ace Chris Wood.
The Lowdown: West Ham eye Wood
As per Football Insider, the East London club as well as Everton have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Wood in the summer window.
Should West Ham sign Wood?
The Clarets currently value the New Zealand international at £30m, but are reportedly hopeful that they can secure a £40m fee if the three teams mentioned start a bidding war.
The Latest: Agbonlahor backs Wood move
Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor, who is now a pundit after an impressive career as a striker himself for AVFC and England, has claimed that a move to the London Stadium for Wood would be a good one for both parties:
“Wood’s a very, very good player and wherever he goes, that team is going to get goals out of him.
“Maybe West Ham would be good. They’ve only got Antonio so they need to cover and maybe he could give them a different style of player. You don’t want the same type of striker on the bench.
“They’ve got the Europa League too, so West Ham probably need two more strikers. Wood would be a good option.
“I really like him, hardworking, physical, good in the air, he’s a great finisher as well.
“At 29, he’s going to want that move now. It’s now or never.
“Once you get into your thirties those moves become harder. If I was him I’d be pushing through that move this summer.”
The Verdict: Wood a good signing if cheaper
Wood would certainly be a good signing for David Moyes’ team providing that they can get him for cheaper than the valuation set by Burnley.
Given that he is 29 years of age now, £40m or even £30m would be way too much to spend on the striker, especially given the financial impact that the global pandemic has had.
However, it is imperative that the Hammers bring in another forward in order to provide some much needed cover for Michail Antonio, and Wood could well be an ideal fit.
The six-foot-three colossus would give the Irons a different option with his aerial ability and physical presence, while he has also shown that he can be prolific in the Premier League, reaching double figures in each of the last four seasons in the top flight with the Clarets (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, WHU should certainly try and sign Wood if possible, as long as they can lower the asking price.
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