There is breaking news this evening that Newcastle are close to signing Chris Wood of Burnley. According to The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, the 30-year-old is heading to Newcastle for his medical tonight and should be announced within 24 hours.
Wood emerged as a target after Newcastle’s defeat in the FA Cup to Cambridge over the weekend. After the game, it was confirmed that striker Callum Wilson would miss the next two months with his calf injury.
Interestingly, Wood shares the same agent as our new right-back Kieran Trippier. There has been talk that Wood has a release clause in his contract. Edwards can’t confirm if Newcastle triggered a clause or have reached an agreement with Burnley.
The New Zealand international is a proven Premier League goalscorer with 53 goals for Burnley since joining in 2017. It seems unlikely that Clarets boss Sean Dyche would sell his main striker to a relegation rival without a release clause being involved.
There are other journalists confirming this news with Sky Sports’ Keith Downie reporting that Newcastle have triggered a release clause believed to be around £20m.
Also hearing as per @JPercyTelegraph that Chris Wood is travelling to the North East tonight for a medical. Newcastle have met his Burnley release clause, which is thought to be in the region of £20m #NUFC W/@skysports_sheth
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 11, 2022
If Newcastle can have Wood registered by noon on Thursday, he will be available to make his debut in the ultra-important match against Watford on Saturday. Hopefully, this gets done in the next few days.