Burnley want Christian Benteke and Divock Origi as transfer replacements for Chris Wood after £25m Newcastle move



Posted Sunday, January 16, 2022 by Thesun.co.uk

Burnley want Christian Benteke and Divock Origi as transfer replacements for Chris Wood after £25m Newcastle move

BURNLEY are putting Belgium strikers Christian Benteke and Divock Origi on top of their emergency hit list.

Boss Sean Dyche plans to spend his £25million Chris Wood windfall on Prem experience and the Clarets are investigating both targets.

Palace gave Benteke, 31, a new deal and he is a regular starter but he could be available for around £10m.

He also took less money to stay with the Eagles and is in the range of what Burnley pay — but there would be a snag if he was asked to take a relegation cut.

Benteke was left out of the starting line-up at Brighton on Friday and Palace would spend the cash on a bid for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah or keep Mainz loanee Jean-Philippe Mateta permanently.

Liverpool striker Origi is also in their sights but will take some persuading to swap Anfield for Turf Moor at this stage of his career — and in mid-season.

The striker, 26, is out of contract in the summer and looking at big moves either in Europe or to a leading Premier League outfit.

Liverpool are also keen to keep him for the rest of this campaign.

Burnley are also looking into a loan swoop for Rennes striker Serhou Guirassy, who cost about £13m but is now out of favour.

Dyche and his team were looking for a No 10 and a striker before Wood left and now want an extra striker.

The Clarets also planned loan-to-buy deals for targets to protect them if they went down.

That is not possible with Benteke or Origi.

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