West Ham United have apparently shown interest in signing Championship striker Chris Wood in an attempt to put an end to their offensive woes.
The Hammers’ target has managed 30 goals for Leeds United in their attempt to get themselves promoted. The former Leicester City star who moved to Leeds United for £3m has proved to be one of the most lethal strikers in the Championship. The New Zealand star also has offers from Stoke and Southampton and is said to cost in the region of £15m for his services.
West Ham will have a tough time in bringing Wood to the Premier League with a number of Premier League clubs interested and is under contract at the Elland Road until 2019.
West Ham struggled to get goals and haven’t anyone who is their go-to man when they want to score goals apart from Andy Carrol who scored 7 goals but has suffered a lot of time out with an injury. Michail Antonio has managed 9 goals while Manuel Lanzini has got 8 goals under his belts but West Ham still lack a reliable striker who can take the load of goal-scoring on his head.
Wood is one of the highest paid stars at Elland Road but he won’t have any problem in doubling his wages at whichever club he goes to.
Wood has been prolific for Leeds and a season not spent in the top flight would be equivalent to underachieving for the 25-year-old. He must be looking for new challenges and a place like West Ham could offer just that.
Wood would probably be an outright choice to be the man leading the attack force for the Hammers and it would give him a really good opportunity to showcase his talent.
Wood is a physically imposing player in the box with a really good physique.West Ham fans would be really happy to see someone like Wood who could not only out-muscle opponents and leave his markers for dead but can also get important goals for the team. The stats speak for themselves.
The 25-year-old has 27 goals and 4 assists to his name in the Championship as well as 3 goals in the League cup. Gary Monk has called him a natural goal-scorer and also praised his technique in an interview. His finishing is also quite instinctive but he has got to work a bit on his conversion rate. Other than that, he is quite a complete striker.
With Andy Caroll’s problems with injuries, someone like Chris Wood could offer a sure-shot solution and add directly to the end-product which West Ham have struggled to come up with. Chris Wood would be an excellent signing for West Ham if it actually materialises.