By Sam Stone

19th Jan, 2023 | 2:40pm

Newcastle United open to Chris Wood exit as Leeds United make enquiry

Chris Wood is free to leave Newcastle United this month with Leeds United approaching the Magpies with an enquiry about the 31-year-old, according to 90min.

It’s believed the North East club are now ready to listen to offers for the former Leeds striker who has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park (90min, 19 January).

It’s understood Leeds have made an enquiry for their former striker, with Everton, Southampton and Bournemouth all keeping tabs on the situation.

Furthermore, Nottingham Forest are currently in talks with Newcastle over a potential loan-to-buy deal for the 70-cap New Zealand international.

Physical

The signing of Georginio Rutter has certainly got Leeds fans excited heading into the second half of the season. However, he cannot be expected to hit the ground running and score ten goals from now until the end of the campaign.

Bringing Wood back to Elland Road would be a smart piece of business from the club and would also give Leeds a different option up front. The 31-year-old has the ability to bring others into play and also take up multiple defenders due to his physical presence.

Furthermore, he’s proven himself to be a clinical finisher over the years and would certainly provide some competition for Rodrigo. Any move for Wood would depend on what Jesse Marsch has in store for Patrick Bamford in the second half of the season.

The 29-year-old hasn’t been at his best but will be looking to build off of his impressive performance against Cardiff in the Whites’ FA Cup win.

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