Chris Wood to West Ham makes sense, just not for that much

At the beginning of the weekend, Football Insider implied that West Ham had entered the race for Burnley striker Chris Wood. It makes sense, but for the right price.

The New Zealand international is now 29-years-old, but still has a lot of life left in the tank. He can sometimes be prone to the injury bug, as he hasn’t played an entire season fully since 2019. However, over the past three years, he has consistently played over 30 EPL matches a season and has been over the 10 goal hump four years running.

It has been said that the Clarets would want at least £30million for their star man, and that fee could potentially rise to £40million if a bidding war happens. However, the same publication that broke this rumor also stated that the Hammers join Everton and Villa for the Kiwi, so yes, there would be a bidding war.

In a rare form, West Ham has been hitting the transfer deals well over this most recent stint from David Moyes. So,  if the Gaffer wants him, Hammers fans should keep their trust in him. Wood has played exceptionally well against the Hammers as well.  In his 10 career matches against West Ham, he has produced nine-goal contributions.

Chris Wood to West Ham makes sense, just not for that much

He found the back of the net the last time out as well, although West Ham did rue the day and get all three points. Back in 2018, he scored twice in a Burnley route over the Hammers. That match was a memorable one, as his goals started the pitch invasion and protests against the owners.

Looking ahead, it’s clear that Moyes’ men need more help up front. When the Hammers sold Sebastien Haller in January, they never added any more depth for Michail Antonio. To be safe, David Moyes needs at least two more signings at that role to feel secure going into a massive campaign next year. But £40million from someone who is on the doorstep of 30 is too much.

Chris Wood is a solid and proven striker, and I, for one, would take him in a heartbeat but not for that much. The Hammers need to fill that position, but they don’t have the money to spend on this asking price. Granted, this is just a rumor, but if it is only half wrong and he’s not going for that much, it makes more sense for everyone in East London.