Newcastle United discouraged from striker bid

Burnley are unwilling to sell Chris Wood to injury-hit Newcastle United.

The relegation-threatened club, without leading scorer Callum Wilson for the next two months, is looking to recruit a striker in this month’s transfer window. Head coach Eddie Howe said: “New signings would breathe new confidence into the team.”

Newcastle were linked with a move for Wood over the weekend, but the 30-year-old remains one of the first names on Sean Dyche’s Burnley teamsheet when fit.

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And sources in Burnley have played down suggestions that the club is prepared to sell Wood – or 29-year-old defender James Tarkowski – this month. The Burnley Express, the Gazette’s sister title, report that a sale to a relegation rival is “highly unlikely”.

Woods – who has scored three goals so far this season – got into double figures in each of his first four seasons at Turf Moor. The New Zealand international is under contract at third-bottom Burnley until the summer of 2023.

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