News tonight from various sources, including here, that Chris Wood is on his way to Newcastle to undergo a medical and sign along the dotted line.
Sky Sports is reporting Newcastle have triggered the New Zealander’s release clause in his contract, thought to be in the region of £20M.
And it’s interesting that Keith Downie is reporting Burnley didn’t think the Magpies would trigger Wood’s release clause since the release figure is so high:
Burnley were aware of Chris Wood’s release clause but didn’t think Newcastle would trigger it. They thought it was too high. Clarets angry that Wood would leave to a relegation rival. His Burnley contract was up next year #NUFC https://t.co/NinNfAlMA4
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 11, 2022
That’s what rich and ambitious owners can do, and we just had to get a striker in for the Watford game on Saturday, to have a decent chance of winning.
And we cannot think Burnley manager Sean Dyche is too happy either, but he has said a few times it’s not his decision when players are sold.
And we noticed on Saturday that we hardly won any high balls in the penalty box against Cambridge United on Saturday, so a big tall striker is a great acquisition for us.
He can get on the end of those perfect crosses from new signing Kieran Trippier.
And a coincidence – Chris Woods’ very first club was Cambridge FC, based in Cambridge, New Zealand.
So while the fee seems high we haven’t got a lot of time to get new players in, and in any case, the big, tall, and powerful Woods should link up well with Callum Wilson, when he is fit again.
We also believe a younger, less experienced striker could well be signed in this window – maybe Reims’ 19-year-old French striker Hugo Ekitike.
This is a signing we needed, and we are sure Newcastle fans will be welcoming the big man to Newcastle tomorrow – he can score the priceless goals that can keep us up this season.
Howay The Lads!!