Newcastle ‘favour’ transfer for Burnley forward over deals for Arsenal and Liverpool stars

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Newcastle have reportedly changed their transfer strategy and now ‘favour’ a move for Burnley forward Chris Wood over deals for Arsenal and Liverpool outcasts. The Magpies are desperate for reinforcements as they battle against relegation from the Premier League.

They also suffered the ignominy of being dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round by League One side Cambridge United.

One of the biggest problems facing under-fire boss Eddie Howe is his side’s lack of goal threat.

Callum Wilson has been ruled out for eight weeks after suffering an injury against Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Joelinton has been converted into a central midfielder, with Howe unwilling to move him back up front.

That leaves Dwight Gayle as the only recognised natural striker in Howe’s squad, though the Englishman has been unable to prove himself at Premier League level.

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Howe will turn towards the transfer market in an attempt to find a solution to that problem, with a goalscorer badly needed as they try to climb out of the relegation zone.

Both Eddie Nketiah and Divock Origi have been linked with moves to St James’ Park as they struggle for minutes at their respective clubs.

Nketiah is out contract at Arsenal at the end of the season and is thought to be available for a cut-price fee.

Origi meanwhile has become a cult hero at Anfield, but Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he will allow him to leave this month.

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But it appears that Howe will snub both of those players and instead attempt to sign a star of one of Newcastle’s relegation rivals in Wood.

The Daily Telegraph report that the Magpies have ‘made an approach’ for the New Zealand striker and are ‘pushing hard’ to complete the deal.

While Wood is said to be seen as the ideal solution to Newcastle’s problems up-front, Burnley will ‘make things difficult’ for their mega-rich rivals.

The 30-year-old himself is understood to be keen to move to swap Turf Moor for St James’ Park, with Wood now a ‘priority target’ for the Toon.

It is further stated that the Magpies are expected to ‘intensify their efforts’ to sign him ahead of a crucial run of games against fellow strugglers Watford, Leeds and Everton.

Despite the expectation that Burnley will do their best to make life difficult for Newcastle, Howe is still keen to sign Wood.

Club chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan, from the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund which owns Newcastle, was in attendance for the dreadful defeat to Cambridge.

He is said to want ‘decisive action’ in recruitment this week, with the Magpies planning to move strongly for the players on their shortlist in the next 72 hours.

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