Burnley linked with striker hat-trick to replace Chris Wood

Serhou Guirassy

After Newcastle triggered Wood’s £25m release clause, the club are short of available forwards, with Jay Rodriguez the only senior option at present, neither Ashley Barnes nor Matej Vydra fully fit, while that the top scorer Maxwel Cornet is currently absent at the African Cup of Nations.

The transfer window closes at midnight on Monday January 31, giving Burnley just over a fortnight to bolster their survival hopes by bolstering their squad.

And tonight, Sun journalist Alan Nixon has linked the Clarets with Belgian international duo Christian Benteke and Divock Origi, as well as French striker Serhou Guirassy.

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Benteke scored twice against Burnley in Crystal Palace’s 3-3 draw at Turf Moor in late November, the day Wood scored his last goal against Burnley.

Now 31, the former Liverpool striker has made 22 appearances this season, scoring four goals, but could be available for a fee of around £10m as Palace boss Patrick Vieira , continues to lower the age of his team.

Liverpool striker Origi, 26, is out of contract at the end of the summer and has also reportedly been offered to Serie A champions Inter.

He has been a regular substitute striker during his time at Anfield and has made just three Premier League appearances so far this season.

Nixon is also tying the club down with a loan move for Guirassy from Rennes, who joined Amiens for £13m in the summer of 2020 but has just one goal in 20 Ligue 1 appearances this term, three of which were tenures.

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