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.
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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.