Newcastle are closing in on our second signing of this window in Burnley’s Chris Wood. With Callum Wilson out until March, Newcastle are bereft of options upfront so the 30-year-old will be a welcome addition.
Wood was on his way to Newcastle on Tuesday evening for a medical. The move has progressed rapidly with Newcastle’s interest not reported until after our FA Cup defeat to Cambridge this past weekend.
The Mail’s Craig Hope is reporting that Newcastle have triggered the striker’s £25m release clause which Newcastle may have been alerted to by the player’s agency, CAA Base, when signing Kieran Trippier.
Hope is also reporting that Burnley boss Sean Dyche is deeply disappointed that Wood chose to leave to a relegation rival. However, Newcastle represent an outstanding opportunity for the New Zealand international.
Hope has also added the name of Torino’s Gleison Bremer (shown above) to Newcastle’s list of center-back targets. The Brazilian is also represented by CAA Base and has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham recently.
The 24-year-old joined Torino from Mineiro in 2018 for just under £5m. It took him a while to find his feet in Italy but has since made 96 appearances with an impressive 17 goal contributions (12 goals and 5 assists).
Bremer is a no-nonsense defender who is capable with the ball at his feet. He is outstanding in the air and possesses great pace. He has also captained Torino over the past few months in the absence of reported Newcastle target Andrea Belotti, who is out with a hamstring injury.