Noel Whelan has suggested West Ham could edge out Everton in the battle to sign Burnley striker Chris Wood.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Hammers need a new hitman more than the Toffees.

As revealed by Football Insider on 2nd June, Aston Villa are plotting a move 29-year-old in their hunt for a new centre-forward.

It is understood West Ham and Everton have also joined the hunt for the New Zealand international.

Burnley will demand £30million-plus for the striker and could push the price closer to £40million if there is a bidding war.

Wood bagged 12 goals in 33 Premier League outings last season.

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Whelan pointed out Everton still have Moise Kean on their books to back up Dominic Calvert-Lewin while West Ham have no back-up for Michail Antonio.

When asked who are favourites to sign Wood between Everton and West Ham, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, “Oh gosh, that’s tricky.

“We know West Ham like their target men, they had Sebastien Haller. That’s what they are missing at the moment. 

“They don’t really have that big, strong forward other than Michail Antonio. Then Everton will be saying he could be another Duncan Ferguson. 

“But already have Calvert-Lewin and he’s fantastic in the air. That’s a difficult one. 

“He would fit into either side. His game has progressed so much at Burnley, he could be a deadly weapon at any of those sides. 

“West Ham are lacking in a striker, that’s for sure. Also, Everton could call back Moise Kean.”

Wood signed for Burnley from Leeds United in 2017.

He has also played for West Brom and Leicester in his career as well as featuring for numerous lower league sides on loan.

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