With Crystal Palace at Brighton scheduled for Friday night, Newcastle must have Chris Wood registered by noon tomorrow for him to be eligible for Watford. All indicators point to that not being an issue as he is presently undergoing his medical.
The Magpies have moved quickly to nab the 30-year-old from relegation rivals Burnley. If Wood can hit the ground running, his goals could be the difference between survival and relegation.
This marks the second breakthrough in what has been a window of toil. Newcastle are struggling to bring in any of their center-back targets with moves for Sven Botman, Diego Carlos, and Benoit Badiashile hitting stumbling blocks.
A few alternative targets in Feyenoord’s Marcos Senesi and Torino’s Gleison Bremer were linked on Tuesday. However, a report from Italy claims Torino are close to agreeing on an extension with Bremer which would significantly raise the 24-year-old’s price tag.
Senesi, who partnered with Fabrizio Coloccini at San Lorenzo, would cost around £18m according to Sport Witness, who cites numerous Dutch reports about our interest in the Argentine.
A popular option could be Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic. The imposing Serb was reportedly offered our way recently. Fiorentina are hoping to cash in before the 24-year-old’s value sinks due to his contract expiring in 18 months.
Newcastle set out to add a striker and a center-half this week. The mission is partly accomplished with hopes practically vanquished that a defender can be brought on board in the next few days.
Newcastle are also set to miss out on Everton left-back Lucas Digne. Aston Villa have reportedly reached an agreement on a permanent transfer for the 28-year-old. It doesn’t appear he was open to a move to Newcastle.
Once Wood is signed, the focus will be fully on Saturday’s six-pointer against Watford. Then early next week Newcastle must make inroads on a center-back. There are numerous targets but sealing a deal has proven a very difficult task.