Newcastle complete £25m swoop for Chris Wood from Burnley, with the striker set to make his debut in Saturday’s crunch Watford clash after signing a two-and-a-half year deal at St James’ Park
- Newcastle have bolstered their attacking option with the arrival of Chris Wood
- The 30-year-old can make his Newcastle debut this weekend against Watford
- Boss Eddie Howe hailed Wood as ‘a great fit’ for Newcastle’s battle for survival
Newcastle have completed the £25million signing of Chris Wood from Premier League rivals Burnley.
The New Zealand international has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and could make his debut against Watford at the weekend. He will take the No 20 shirt.
Upon putting pen to paper as a Newcastle player, the 30-year-old Wood said: ‘This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m delighted.
Chris Wood has sealed a £25m move from Burnley to Newcastle on a two-and-a-half year deal
Wood takes the No 20 shirt at Newcastle and is in line to make his debut against Watford
‘I have played at St James’ Park a few times and it’s an amazing place, so to have the chance to represent this club with those incredible supporters behind me and my team-mates is very special.
‘The club and manager have been first class during this process, and I really can’t wait to get onto the pitch and repay the faith they have in me, especially with a vital part of the season ahead of us.’
Manager Eddie Howe added: ‘Chris is an important signing for us at a crucial time and I’m very pleased we have been able to move quickly and bring him here.
‘He is a very dangerous attacking threat, has a physicality and character that I really like, and he has vast experience in the Premier League. He will be a great fit for us.’
The New Zealand international said he is ‘delighted’ at making the move to St James’ Park
Wood is Newcastle’s second signing in the January window after right-back Kieran Trippier joined from Atletico Madrid.
Wood spent four-and-a-half years at Burnley, scoring 44 goals in 149 games for the Clarets, who are said to be fuming at losing their star striker to a fellow survival battler.
Burnley and Newcastle are 18th and 19th in the Premier League table respectively, both with 11 points.
But Burnley have two games in hand on the Magpies due to Covid-19 enforced postponements. They host Leicester at the weekend as Newcastle take on Watford.
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