The Lowdown: Hammers links to Wood emerge…
The striker search has been well documented since club record signing Sebastien Haller departed the London Stadium in January.
After failing to sign a new forward in that window, West Ham have since been linked to a host of options – with the most prominent being Tammy Abraham, Youssef En-Nesyri, Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney (ExWHUemployee).
Recently, however, links have emerged to Clarets forward Wood.
Indeed, Football Insider claimed last week that West Ham have now joined the race for his signature alongside Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Everton.
The Latest: Robinson raves over Wood…
Reacting to FI’s report, Robinson has raved over the prospect of West Ham signing Wood this summer and believes he would be a ‘great option’ and ‘fantastic signing’ for David Moyes.
“His record speaks for itself, his stats are incredible. He always scores goals,” explained the former Spurs keeper (via Football Insider).
“He is very fit and picks up barely any injuries and he scores goals on a regular basis. I think he’d be a great option for West Ham as much as I wouldn’t want to see him leave Burnley.
“Woody knows where the net is and he would score a lot of goals at West Ham. He would be a fantastic signing for them.
“I suspect Burnley would do everything they can to keep hold of him though. The way that West Ham play he would be the ideal signing.”
The Verdict: Great striker, but not for £30m…
As explained by Football Insider, it is understood that Burnley will demand at least £30m for the New Zealander’s signature.
Wood possesses obvious quality, which is evident through his 12-goal haul last season and impressive average of 2.1 shots on goal per 90 in the Premier League (WhoScored).
At 29-years-old, the towering 6 foot 3 attacker will arguably only decline from here-on-in – with there being much younger and homegrown targets who could cost a similar amount.
Abraham, for instance, is widely reported to be valued at around £40m.
While that is still a heavy price to pay, the Irons would be getting a lot more value for their money given the Englishman is still only 23 and has bagged 21 top flight goals in 37 starts over the last two seasons (WhoScored).
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