After a slow start to the week, the transfer train started rolling again on Tuesday evening. Newcastle triggered Chris Wood’s £25m release clause and the striker headed to Tyneside.
The latest on the Kiwi is that he has passed his medical and is discussing personal terms, which are not expected to be an issue. The sudden move came as a surprise but the 30-year-old could be a hit at St. James’ Park if he can score the goals to keep us up.
Yesterday, Newcastle made incremental progress on multiple fronts. An improved bid for Sevilla’s Diego Carlos was launched while negotiations continued for Reims’ Hugo Ekitike and Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile.
The bid for Carlos is reportedly for £28m, though reports from abroad suggested it was immediately swatted away. There is talk this morning that Sevilla want in excess of £40m for the 28-year-old center-back.
Local reports are yet to verify these claims but Sevilla are in a La Liga title race and currently short at the back. They may decide it’s not worth selling the Brazilian midseason much like Lille has with top target Sven Botman.
The news on Ekitike seems very promising. The latest is that Newcastle are closing in on a deal with the player very keen to join. At just 19-years-old, he is one for the future but could ease into the squad for the remainder of this campaign.
Hopefully, there is movement on some of these transfers today. Any new signing would have to be registered by noon tomorrow to be eligible for Saturday’s six-pointer against Watford. That seems increasingly unlikely without a swift breakthrough early today.
Though, Newcastle should have Wood signed, sealed, and delivered by this evening. He would then be available to make his Newcastle debut at St. James’ Park this weekend, which is very timely considering our striker situation.