NEWCASTLE United have reportedly made an approach for a former Albion forward.

The Magpies are in the hunt for a striker with front-man Callum Wilson expected to be out injured for eight weeks.

According to The Telegraph, Newcastle have approached Burnley in the hope of signing Chris Wood.

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The New Zealand international, who is in his fifth season at Turf Moor, scored eight times in 29 appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion during a loan spell in 2011.

Signing for the Seagulls on November 19, Wood scored on his debut against Bristol Rovers in a season which saw Albion finish top of League One.

Since signing for Burnley, Wood has scored 53 goals in 165 games.

Burnley and Newcastle currently sit 18th and 19th in the Premier League table, with both clubs on 11 points.

However, Sean Dyche's side have two games in hand.

Earlier this week, Newcastle completed their first signing since their takeover by a Saudi-backed consortium for a fee of around £305 million.

England international Kieran Trippier joined the club from Atletico Madrid for a fee worth £12m.

He made his debut in the FA Cup on Saturday, as Newcastle fell to a stunning defeat by League One side Cambridge.

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