CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs has told Give Me Sport that Leeds United have an ‘opportunity’ to sign Newcastle United striker Chris Wood on loan in the January window – a move that would see the forward return to Elland Road.

Wood, 31, only joined Newcastle in the January window from Burnley for a fee of £25million. But he has struggled on Tyneside, scoring just four goals in 34 appearances in league and cup. He is now Eddie Howe’s third-choice striker.

The 70-time New Zealand international is of course well-known to Leeds fans, having scored 44 goals in 88 games for the Whites between 2015 and 2017. But now, he is in the last 18 months of his contract and expendable at Newcastle.

Wood has signalled his intent to remain at Newcastle – but the opportunity to leave on loan to a fellow Premier League side may tempt him. Especially, to return to Elland Road. Jacobs says that Leeds could look to sign the striker on loan.

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“I wouldn’t rule out Chris Wood. Newcastle are looking at goalscorers and creative-minded options. I don’t think Leeds want to sign Wood permanently, but there might be a loan opportunity there, so that’s one to just keep an eye on.”

Jacobs: Leeds have opportunity to sign Newcastle striker Wood in January

Leeds could do with another body in attack and Victor Orta has been confirmed as pursuing options. Jesse Marsch said as much in Thursday’s press conference. But, is Wood really the route Leeds will go down next month? A target man?

It seems unlikely. While a return to Leeds would delight major sections of our fanbase, you have to argue that Leeds play in a completely different way these days – and it does not suit a striker like Wood. More so, Rodrigo or Bamford.

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