Newcastle United ‘put’ striker up for sale amid Nottingham Forest and Everton interest

Newcastle United are prepared to let their striker leave during the January transfer window

Newcastle United have told Chris Wood he can leave the club this month, according to 90min. The striker has been placed on the transfer market following interest from Nottingham Forest.

The former Burnley forward has fallen down the pecking order this season and currently sits behind Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak, while Forest were eager to take advantage of his lack of game time as they look to cover for the injured Taiwo Awoniyi. The report claims that Leeds United have also enquired, while Everton, Southampton and Bournemouth are all interested.

It has only been a year since the Magpies completed a shock move to bring Wood to St. James’ Park for a whopping £25 million and he has failed to live up to his price tag since, scoring four goals in the top flight so far. Having made only four starts in the Premier League this term, Newcastle could now look to cut their losses and let the striker leave the club despite Wood recently claiming he was eager to prove himself under Eddie Howe.

While Forest are already believed to be in loans over a loan deal with a view to a permanent move, a return to Leeds could also be on the cards after a much more successful spell with Whites. Wood scored an impressive 40 goals in 80 appearances in the Championship during his time in Yorkshire, though left fans heartbroken when he signed for Burnley in 2017.

Wood’s departure will leave the Magpies light up top, with Wilson’s injury record a huge worry, while Isak has only just returned from a four month spell on the sidelines. It’s expected that Howe will already have a replacement lined up should the 30-year-old leave this month.