NEWCASTLE UNITED have been linked with a possible January move for Chris Wood – but Burnley boss Sean Dyche is adamant he does not want to lose any of his players to the Magpies during the current transfer window.

The Magpies’ need for a new centre-forward was graphically illustrated yesterday as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of League One Cambridge United.

Their leading scorer, Callum Wilson, is set to be sidelined for the next two months after damaging his calf in last month’s draw with Manchester United, and Eddie Howe is determined to do all he can to land a new forward before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Wood is one of a number of domestic options currently under consideration, having entered the final 18 months of his contract at Turf Moor.

The New Zealander has scored three goals in 18 Premier League starts this season, and was replaced at half-time as Burnley suffered an FA Cup defeat to Huddersfield Town yesterday having suffered a suspected injury issue.

Dyche will be instructing his board not to sell the 30-year-old to Newcastle, with Burnley currently level on points with the Magpies in the Premier League table, having played two games fewer.

Dyche adopted a similar stance when Newcastle were heavily linked with centre-half duo James Tarkowski and Ben Mee last month.

The Clarets boss effectively slapped a ‘not for sale’ sign on the duo, and Mee is currently involved in contract negotiations over a new deal at Turf Moor.

Tarkowski is expected to see out the remainder of the season with Burnley before moving on as a free agent in the summer.