West Ham urged to pip Villa to perfect transfer to unleash deadly new threat

Date published: Thursday 10th June 2021 9:50 - Jonny Whitfield

Chris Wood, James Ward-Prowse, Dwight McNeil Burnley v Southampton September 2020

Gabriel Agbonlahor says that West Ham should make a transfer move for Burnley striker Chris Wood to add a new goal threat.

The Hammers enter the summer transfer window with adding goals a priority. While Michail Antonio has proved himself in recent times, he has an unfortunate record with injury. What’s more, previous signings have not worked out; the club sold record arrival Sebastian Haller for a loss in January.

As a result, previous reports have mentioned Wood as a transfer target for David Moyes’ side.

The New Zealand international hit 12 Premier League goals last season, with the Clarets only scoring 33 overall.

Another claim, meanwhile, said that Aston Villa are ahead of the Hammers for the transfer.

Nevertheless, with Europa League football on the menu for West Ham next term, former forward Agbonlahor thinks that Wood would be a solid back-up option to Antonio.

“Wood’s a very, very good player and wherever he goes, that team is going to get goals out of him,” the pundit told Football Insider.

“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.”

Wood transfer brings four traits

Chris Wood Burnley TEAMtalk

Agbonlahor added that Wood has four key traits which would help West Ham find goals next season.

“I really like him, hardworking, physical, good in the air, he’s a great finisher as well,” he added.

“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.”

As well as winning the Top Scorer prize at Burnley’s end-of-season awards, Wood scooped the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year prizes.

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