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Newcastle Confirm The Signing Of Striker Chris Wood



Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Chris Wood from Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old becomes Eddie Howe’s second capture of the window signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The move happened quickly as Newcastle triggered a release clause, which has been confirmed by Burnley, in Wood’s contract on Tuesday. It has been a whirlwind few days for the Kiwi as he follows Kieran Trippier through the door as a pivotal signing in the new era.

Here is what the 30-year-old, who will wear the number 20 shirt, said about joining Newcastle United:

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player.

“I have played at St. James’ Park a few times and it’s an amazing place, so to have the chance to represent this club with those incredible supporters behind me and my teammates is very special.

“The club and manager have been first class during this process, and I really can’t wait to get onto the pitch and repay the faith they have in me, especially with a vital part of the season ahead of us.”

Wood is a proven Premier League goalscorer with over 50 goals at Turf Moor. He joins in time to play a part in our six-pointer against Watford on Saturday. Our desperate need for goals played a major role in this signing.

Head coach Eddie Howe is delighted to have an experienced striker like Wood on board. Here is what he said about his latest signing:

“Chris is an important signing for us at a crucial time and I’m very pleased we have been able to move quickly and bring him here.

“He is a very dangerous attacking threat, has a physicality and character that I really like, and he has vast experience in the Premier League. He will be a great fit for us.”

This could be a very astute addition for Newcastle’s survival push. Wood is experienced, a pain for defenders, and can find the back of the net. Hopefully, he will be a hit on Tyneside and score some of the goals to see us to safety.

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56 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Confirmed that we did actually activate his release clause then, not that Burnley accepted an offer like some media and the idiot Simon Jordan tried to claim.

    I bet Dyche is fuming.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s so tall!
    Makes the posts look tiny.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Adamn_92 – Simon Jordan is a muppet just looking for attention by repeating hearsay and claiming to be ITK.. No doubt he’d have taken massive credit for it if it had turned out to be true, so he just chances his arm and hopes if he throws enough crap out in the media then some of it will stick.

    And yeah…Dyche will not be happy. I imagine nor will many of their fans or players.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Interesting article in the Mail which suggests our transfer policy might be following the same route as Man City in the early days of their takeover. Its not about mega stars (which ignorant fans of other clubs fret that’s what we want,) or mercenaries, rather time served pro’s who have experience and ability.

    This is how Man City started

    JANUARY 2009

    Craig Bellamy (West Ham, £14m)

    Wayne Bridge (Chelsea, £10m)

    Shay Given (Newcastle, £5.9m)

    SUMMER 2009

    Carlos Tevez (ex-Man United, £25.5m)

    Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, £25m)

    Joleon Lescott (Everton, £22m)

    Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn, £18m)

    Kolo Toure (Arsenal, £16m)

    Gareth Barry (Aston Villa, £12m

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  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    how much was the release clause then,
    as I’ve read them all this morning £15m £20m £25m

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  • Vask

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Welcome to the toon Woodsey. Hattrick at the weekend please.

    I see they’ve posed him in front of the proposed new goal size for Newcastle to attack. Our opponents still get to attack normal goal sizes though. They just shift the posts to the other end at half time. Apparently 18 of the 20 clubs have voted in favour of it.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Lord Scattermorecash Woods has scored more than 10 goal per season for the last 4 years in a struggling Burnley team. He also score most of his goals in the 2nd half of the season. And, we had to get someone in! Plus, a decent size unit to work along with CW when/if he returns, or another mobile forward if bought in before end of the month

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  • niafron

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Bonjour messieurs!

    So will he play on saturday?

    For Ekitike, the last report in the french press aren’t good… It seem Reims really want too much ( 30 millions+10 millions of bonus+ 25% of a future transfer… and to keep him on loan until the end of the season…).

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Actually, after a centre back, I’m thinking a right winger is the next priority if Big Joe is going to continue in midfield. Previously he’d played in an attacking role out wide so was an option there but really we could do with someone more threatening than Murphy, Almiron, or Fraser in that role.

    A young striker 5th priority, central midfielder 6th and another centre back 7th.

    I’ll be happy to get to 4…

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Take him as well and that’s like pissing on Burnley’s bonfire. Even if local rivals Leeds buy him they will not be amused.

    Burnley hold talks with Lens midfielder Seko Fofana with the Clarets ready to use funds from Chris Wood’s sale to buy the £14m-rated Ivorian, who is also wanted by Leeds and Newcastle

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    niafron – There must be loads of clubs after an exciting young talent like this guy. It’s the kind of transfer that will go right to the end of the window as Reims will want to create an auction from the buying clubs.

    I’ll be very impressed if this completes early but it will also probably mean that we’ve struck a deal that no other buying club would have stretched to.

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  • Tom

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    His name is Wood not Woods , you lot cant see the Wood for the tree’s 😆

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    hibbitt

    No idea to be honest, Burnley announcement says undisclosed fee.

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  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Get in!!! We have Wood. Exactly whats needed for the relegation fight.

    Looking forward to the Watford game without the usual trepidation – a very odd feeling for a Toon fan…
    😆

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  • Lord Scattermorecash

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    REPOST DUE TO BUS DEPARTING

    I’m a bit concerned many of you think Woods is the answer

    see stats below.

    https://www.premierleague.com/clubs/43/Burnley/stats?se=418

    https://www.premierleague.com/clubs/23/Newcastle-United/stats?se=418

    As you can see Burnley and Newcastle stats are quite similar.

    We’ve played two more games than them, they’ve created more big chances, shooting accuracy is the same, we’ve had more shots on target but we’ve played two more games so the average shots on target per game is the same at 3.3 / 3.5.

    We average 15 crosses a game in the Premier League, Burnley average 22 crosses a game…thats 50% more crosses per game than us!

    and yet Wood has only scored 3 goals this season.

    You’re all saying trippier and Ritchie and ASM and Murphy are going to supply the crosses…but sorry gents they’re not. ASM doesn’t know how to, Ritchie might not even be starting, teams will play differently against us if they see Trippier is going to be the main supply chain of crosses, and Murphy (who I think is the best crosser of the ball we have) does not cross anywhere near enough…he’s just not brave enough for some reason.

    Wood has scored 3 goals all season in a team that crosses the ball 50% more than we do.

    Woods scores a goal every 123 crosses!

    If we double our crossing output to 600 crosses in the last 19 games (some mean feat I can assure you) then on current conversion rates Woods will be on target to score 5 goals max.

    That’s not enough

    What we need more than anything to change those stats and get more crosses in is a central midfielder whose transitional play will make all the difference.

    Without one Woods won’t get the service and is therefore a waste of time.

    No point having one without the other. We need someone in the mould of Ramsey

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and bank-roll

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    niafron @ #8. On them terms it really would not happen, they will drop the silly requests towards the end of the window. By then, who knows, we may have someone else!

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  • Mund

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Welcome to the blog toxic lollie

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Quick off the mark earlier with the announcement

    It will be interesting to see if we go more direct, but I dont think we will.

    He doesnt come across as an Eddie type signing , but needs must.

    We are still so short its embarassing…left back…midfield ball winner etc

    Cheers Mikey, and Cheers Amanda and Co for trying to fix it!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Lord Scattermorecash – Wood is the answer because without him, we have no strikers. He’s got a similar record to Wilson and we often totally waste crosses because there’s nobody on the end of them.

    All we need this season is a solid signing to get a few goals, cause some mischief in the box, and keep us up. Then next season, he’s an option when we need someone more physical up front.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Did someone mention a lolly?

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  • Lord Scattermorecash

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    TDG

    Methinks you’re missing my point

    I recognise his record, and concede Wood will score goals for us going forward…but only if he gets the service and we get more crosses in.

    We get into wide positions all the time, but we struggle to get the crosses in because our transitional play is too slow and we give the opposing team too much time to settle and organise…which is how Cambridge nullified our threat as well. We only got 23 crosses in against Cambridge, Burnley do that week in week out against Premiership teams.

    My point is there’s no point in having Wood unless we get more crosses in quicker.

    The way to get more crosses in is to speed up our transitional play and get in behind the opposing defence on a regular basis.

    We don’t have anyone in our midfield who does that…so if everything else stays the same…Wood will not get the service and he will not score us the goals he is more than capable of scoring.

    We need a Ramsey type player or Wood is a waste of time

    IMO

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and bank-roll

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  • DayvanCowboy

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Seeing so much negativity regarding this signing, and for me it’s all down to the name and where he’s came from…..

    – Mohamed Salah
    – Harry Kane
    – Jamie Vardy
    – Alexandre Lacazette
    – Heung-Min Son
    – Chris Wood

    The only Premier League players to have scored 10 or more goals in each of the last four seasons, if someone can tell me what other players with that level of Premier League experience and consistent goalscoring are available and willing to join a club who’ve been rooted in the bottom 3 I’m all ears….

    Also, for those who still keep banging on about “He’s only scored 3 goals all season”, I posted some stats the other day regarding Wood season scoring statistics and he score over 50% of his goals in the second half of the season:

    17/18 – Scored 6 of his 10 goals after the Season half way mark – Also missed 9 games from December to February

    18/19 – Scored 9 of his 10 goals after the Season half way mark

    19/20 – Scored 7 of his 14 goals after the Season half way mark

    20/21 – Scored 9 of his 12 goals after the Season half way mark

    I also can’t remember seeing anyone mention Danny Ings was a ridiculous amount of money when Villa paid £25m for him, he’s only 6 months younger than Wood and has virtually an Identical goalscoring record in the League while playing for arguably better teams in the same period.

    Danny Ings. Born Jul 1992. £25m, 59 PL goals. “£25m Great signing!” – 4 goals this season.

    Chris Wood. Born Dec 1991. £20m. Goals 50 PL goals. “£20m! What a ripoff!” 3 goals this season.

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  • toxic lollie

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #24

    I like Wood a lot. He needs delivery tho and Maxi ‘a selfishness bothers me.. he sort of reminds me of Ben Arfa and wants to do it all on his own! Although I think Ben Arfa was one of the best I’ve ever seen.. pity he never lived up to the hype!

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  • Zele

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Given that many (majority ?) of Wood’s goals have been headers does that mean the style of play changes ?

    Does it also mean that Ritchie and Trippier are nailed on fullbacks as both are very good delivering crosses ?

    And where do Murphy and Fraser fit in as they too are good crossers of the ball ?

    Has Wood taken a vacant slot in the number players allowed or is he replacing someone ?

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    DayvanCowboy. If that does not shut the argument down, nothing will! Good points, well made.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    For those saying Wood can only work if we cross balls into him might be missing the bigger picture of having a big man up top. It’s just as much about holding the ball up and bringing other players into attack. Wilson is weirdly strong for a guy his size but compared to Wood’s hold-up play he will love running beyond Wood when he’s fit – in the meantime I suspect the pace of ASM and Fraser will be utilised to get beyond Wood which will bring others like Trippier into attack.

    I can try and explain it but this video does a much better job.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFh5p7_xZyQ

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  • Mund

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Newcastle United have made a fresh bid, believed to be about £28 million, for the Seville central defender Diego Carlos. The club are determined to have at least one new centre half in the side for the Premier League game against Watford on Saturday #NUFC

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Lord Scattermorecash – Even if we deliver 10 crosses in a PL game, we currently have nobody on the end of them, so if Wood can do something with 5 of them, then that’s 5 more attacking plays per game that we’re in. He’s not limited to crosses either, he’s also decent with his feet and can hold the ball up, allowing other attacking players to use him as a focal point.

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  • Lord Scattermorecash

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #30

    Dayvancowboy

    My point is how do you expect him to score without the service.

    Burnley cross the ball 50% more than we do.

    That’s some ground to make up.

    Not even Shearer could score 10 more goals before the end of this season if the service is as poor as it has been for the first 19 games of the season.

    The two go together and it’s about our transitional play.

    Yes Wood is more than capable…but not without further changes to our midfield

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  • DayvanCowboy

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #31

    On Sky Sports this morning they where confirming that noon TODAY is the cut off for player registration to be legible to play on Saturday and that this was due to Friday night games counting as the start of the PL weekend, so which is it? If that is the case Mund I can’t see any new faces in the team come Saturday other than Wood.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #32

    I actually think having Wood will improve our possession and ball retention stats

    Wilson rarely wins a header from goal kicks that goes anywhere and his hold up play isn’t amazing we hardly ever keep the ball from a goal kick it always ends up bouncing back through midfield

    The ball will come up to Wood and it will stick to him to allow other players to push up and play off him bringing others into the game a decent option if teams are pressing us high and we can’t play it on the deck

    ASM though will need to get the finger out be more direct cross and pass earlier

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #33

    SuperShearer #27. A very good link and an even better shirt!!!!

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  • toxic lollie

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #34

    If Wood gets service, he’ll score.. no doubt!!

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  • DayvanCowboy

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Lord, if you’d watched Burnley much this season you’d also note Wood had been playing a different role to accommodate Cornet, he has acted as more of a transition player to allow others to come into play and open up space for Cornet to run into, he wasn’t playing as an out and out striker, he was dropping off.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #36

    Lord S

    I think you’re focusing far too heavily on the ‘cross the ball to Wood and he scores’ idea. We need a striker and signed one that’s the most important thing. Also it’s rather unfair to paint Wood as a 1 dimensional robot who’s only contribution is to be a big man for crosses.

    His hold up play gives us an outlet when we’re transitioning from defence to attack for starters. How often do we end up clearing our lines only to see the ball come straight back? With Wood, he can hold the ball up, allow the rest of the team to move up the pitch and transition into an attack smoother.

    He’s also very capable with the ball at his feet to link up play, he will draw defenders towards him due to his size and that leaves space for our other attacking players to get into. It will disrupt other teams shape and leave spaces for us to exploit. In the same way that we will benefit from set pieces too, not just because we have an aerial threat and he’ll score from every one, but he will draw attention leaving others free and cause disruption in the box.

    Wood is a good signing for far more reasons than just ‘cross to Wood and Wood scores’. Although that is also another dimension and other option that we have been missing in our attack since Rondon. His signing gives us far more options and benefits the team in multiple ways.

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  • simon376

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Sometimes even Sky get it wrong. If you look it up, a player must be signed by 12pm on the Friday before the weekend games start. If 2 teams paly on the Friday night, they must have their player(s) registered by 12pm on the Thursday, but for the remaining games on Saturday through Monday, its 12pm on the Friday for teams playing over that period. Its based on when the team signing the player plays. Only the teams playing on the Friday must have it done by 12pm Thursday

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Sky make loads of mistakes so wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if they’ve got the player registration time wrong. Lots of people including Craig Hope are claiming we have until tomorrow noon.

    Sky in their article also claimed we signed Wood for £250m. They make loads of mistakes. We’ll just have to wait and see who’s right about the cut off point for Watford.

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  • simon376

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Rule U.23 is specific only to the team wishing to register a player, it doesnt take into account any other teams fixtures

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #40

    SuperShearer @31, someone posted yesterday. Published the rules. It does not matter who is playing when, you have to have a player signed by midday the day before YOUR game. We have until Friday Noon. To be honest, ok if a striker, but I agree with other posters, I would not put a CM straight in and definitely not a CB

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