Chris Wood has revealed he idolised Alan Shearer - as he prepares to follow in the footsteps of the Newcastle United legend.
The 30-year-old is in the process of finalising a move to Tyneside after the Magpies negotiated his exit from Premier League relegation rivals Burnley on Tuesday.
It is hoped Wood’s signature will be wrapped up in time for him to face Watford at St James’ Park this weekend in a huge bottom-of-the-table clash.
During an interview with the Premier League YouTube channel in December, Wood was asked about his favourite English top-flight strikers.
Without hesitation, the New Zealand international named Shearer - along with former Chelsea star Didier Droga - ahead of pulling on the famous black and white shirt.
‘Best goalscorer in the Premier League’
Wood said: “My two favourite strikers of all-time are Didier Drogba and Alan Shearer, so that would be a very strong of front three height, size of goalscoring prowess.
“I’m obviously nowhere their levels but I would have loved to have played with them or be anywhere near them. Their complete players.
“Alan Shearer if not was undoubtedly the best goalscorer in the Premier League and his record proves it.
“Didier Drogba has to be one of the best number nines the Premier League has ever seen - he was strong, powerful and quick.”
Alan Shearer approves of Chris Wood
Meanwhile, Shearer is also known to be a fan of Wood after speaking glowingly about him in October 2020.
Wood has hit double figures in each of the four Premier League campaign he’s been involved in with the Clarets since his £15million move from Leeds in 2017.
Shearer said: “I like him, I like what he does for the team and he is the focal point for them. He is very good at occupying two centre halves.
“He is a get out for Burnley if they want because they are not afraid to knock it long.
“He can keep hold of it and bring other players into the game. He is horrible to play against and he won’t give defenders a moment’s peace.”