By Alan Hutton

22nd Nov, 2022 | 2:42pm

Pundit 'sure' on Chris Wood quitting Newcastle United after source's £10m bid reveal

Alan Hutton has claimed Newcastle United may keep fringe star Chris Wood even if they add another striker in January.

The former Tottenham and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 30-year-old would be “sure” to consider an exit – but only if a club were willing to make him “the main man”.

Wood has started just two Premier League games this season – but has come off the bench on 12 occasions to help the high-flying Magpies.

He scored his only goal of the season in a 4-1 away victory over Southampton earlier this month (6 November).

The New Zealand international, who has 18 months left to run on his deal, signed for Newcastle in a reported £25million deal in January as Eddie Howe looked to stave off the threat of relegation.

The mega-rich Magpies have since drafted in Swedish talent Alexander Isak for a club-record fee, and are eyeing potential additions in January.

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Football Insider revealed on Tuesday (22 November) that Newcastle are willing to pay £10million to sign red-hot Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram in the winter window.

Hutton insisted Wood may find his game time “limited” for the remainder of the season.

He told Football Insider: “He’s been coming on and playing his part, so I think they’ll want to keep him around.

“I don’t think he’ll want to go. Newcastle are doing really well at the moment.

“However, I do think they’ll want to bring some players in – and why not with the position they’re in?

“Why wouldn’t you push for more?

“It’ll be difficult for him with what Newcastle are doing and the project they’re part of.

“His game time may be limited, but he’ll want to be a part of it.

“But that being said, if there was an opportunity for him to be the main man – I’m sure he’d think about it.”

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