Newcastle have added striker Chris Wood from Burnley this morning for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old has penned a deal until 2024 to become Eddie Howe’s second signing of the window.
Burnley confirmed that Newcastle triggered the striker’s release clause, believed to be £25m. The Clarets have released the following statement on Wood joining Newcastle:
Burnley Football Club can confirm that Chris Wood has today joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee, after the club triggered the striker’s transfer release clause.
Wood, who joined the Club in 2017, departs Turf Moor after scoring a total of 53 goals in 165 appearances, including three goals in 21 games this season.
Everyone at Burnley FC thanks Chris for his efforts and contribution during his time at the Club.
Wood joins in time to play a part in Saturday’s massive match against Watford. With Callum Wilson out until March, Wood immediately becomes Newcastle’s main striker for the next few months.
The club have released Wood’s first interview. What stands out is the amount of times he says ‘we’ when referring to his new club.
? "To take my game to the next level, challenging myself at a massive club like Newcastle was the right option."
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 13, 2022
Wood is thrilled to join the ambitious project that Newcastle has become. However, he is well aware that the focus is on the short-term and getting the points needed to survive this trying campaign.
The striker got the job done at Turf Moor scoring in double figures over the past four seasons. He admitted he wanted to keep that streak alive this season. What a hero he would be if he can take his season tally to 10 goals with 7 scored as a Magpie.
Wood has played with Jeff Hendrick at Burnley and Kieran Trippier a dozen years ago when they were on loan with Barnsley. He revealed that Hendrick gave a glowing account of his time at Newcastle despite his limited playing time.
Wood is eager to impress in front of the Newcastle faithful. He understands what he has been brought on board to do – get goals. The New Zealand international is up for the challenge and believes he can take his game to another level in the black and white stripes of Newcastle United.