By Noel Whelan

14th Jun, 2021 | 7:35am

Ex-striker backs West Ham to beat Everton and Aston Villa to Wood signing after update

Noel Whelan insists Chris Wood can be a success at West Ham but admitted any potential deal poses a risk. 

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, backed the striker to thrive when playing with the Irons’ other attackers.

Football Insider revealed on 4th June West Ham and Everton had joined Aston Villa in the race to sign the New Zealand international.

Burnley value the striker at £30million but are hopeful of securing a £40million fee if the three clubs begin a bidding war.

Whelan admits Wood, 29, may not be the “big name” signing Hammers fans want but claimed he could be the perfect fit for the club.

“It’s difficult for West Ham now, they are going into Europe,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“Transfers and transfer funds have to be right. There’s never a guarantee a player will emulate what they have done at another club.

“Look at Robbie Keane from Tottenham to Liverpool, he wasn’t the same player. He didn’t have the same amount of goals or assists. 

“Sometimes that happens. Wood has done really well at Burnley. He’s their top scorer, their focal point, the main striker. 

“But you’re always taking a risk. The only thing he can bring is that he knows the Premier League. 

“If you give him service he will probably score goals. He’s got a good temperament. He won’t spit his dummy out. 

“Wood is a fighter, he will work across that top line and bring those other quality attackers into play. 

“You can see him in the kit, you can see him out there. He fits the bill for them, more than Everton, with the way they play now. 

“He isn’t the big-name West Ham want but recently, those big names haven’t worked out for them.”

In other news, West Ham have offered a star a five-year double-your-money deal as a blockbuster transfer nears.