Newcastle have confirmed Chris Wood’s loan move to Nottingham Forest. The 31-year-old joined last January from Burnley making 39 appearances with 5 goals. The full tweet can be seen here.
Thank you for the vital role you have played over the past 12 months, @officialcwood.
Best of luck for the future. ??
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 20, 2023
Here is a statement from the club on Wood’s departure posted at nufc.co.uk:
Newcastle United striker Chris Wood has joined fellow Premier League side Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season, with an obligation to make the transfer permanent.
Wood joined the Magpies from Burnley in January 2022 and helped Eddie Howe’s side to move from the relegation places last season to an eventual 11th-placed finish – scoring vital goals in matches against Southampton and Fulham.
The 31-year-old has made 22 appearances in all competitions for United this season, scoring on three occasions.
Everyone at Newcastle United extends their best wishes to Chris for the rest of the season.
The loan is likely to become permanent at the end of the season. Local journalists Keith Downie and Craig Hope are reporting the fee will be £15m. Wood should slot straight into Steve Cooper’s starting eleven though his availability for tomorrow’s clash at Bournemouth is uncertain.
Wood said the following at nottinghamforest.co.uk about his move:
“It’s a great feeling and I am very thankful to be here.
“Nottingham Forest is a massive club which I have come up against a number of times, but it’s nice now to be able to pull on the red shirt and fight for the club.
“You can see the transition over the past 18 months and it’s progressing in the right way. It’s a project that’s going in the right direction.
“It’s a club looking up rather than anything else, it’s going to take a lot of hard work, but it’s a squad that’s pulling together.
“I’ve been in this league a long time, so hopefully I’ll bring a lot of experience to try and help the younger lads out and bring everybody together.
“As a visiting player, it’s always been a hostile atmosphere at The City Ground. The crowd are loud and strong, so I’m thankful to have that passionate fanbase on my side now and I can’t wait to get playing there.”
Wood will wear the number 39 shirt and appears to be on just an 18-month deal. He has been a hard-working force at the top of the pitch for Eddie Howe. He now gets a chance for more playing time as Forest push to survive their long-awaited return to the Premier League.
83 comments so far
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Jan 20, 2023 at 2:57 PMComment #41
Apparently Iam McFaul was awaiting an ex-Pat (Jennings) so he could get more caps.
Jan 20, 2023 at 2:59 PMComment #42
Looks like Woods has gone for good as he only has to make a handful of appearances to trigger the obligation
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:01 PMComment #43
Bob, see #39
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:02 PMComment #44
EH played 4-4-2 for a while with Bournemouth.
Was very interesting by the way, cause it was a bit old fashion with a left footed winger on the left, a right footed winger on the right and a playmaker behind the striker.
The mix between that and a far more modern and agressive philosophy of ball control, pressing and attacking play made the experience fascinating.
Since he came to NUFC EH is far less ( but successfully ) original with is 4-3-3.
I would be curious to see him trying things he did with Bournemouth.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:02 PMComment #45
Having said that I enter the Sky VIP draw for every home NUFC match in the hope of getting 2 x tickets. If I ever win, the 2nd ticket will be offered to my Son and if he can’t make it, on here, no cost to 1st taker.
I’ll let you know but don’t hold your breath, I’ve been entering this for years and never had a sniff. 😆
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:02 PMComment #46
Aye, it’s a heavy shirt for some.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:04 PMComment #47
My post was only tongue in cheek tbf, I am not really proposing we go back to those days. I’ve stopped trying to get tickets these days as it seems pretty fruitless whenever I do.
I can just about scrape a home cup ticket if I am prompt, but it’s very snooze you lose. I didn’t even know the club were selling tickets to hotels to sell on at a massive premium if truth be told. It’s pretty crap that they are. What happens if they don’t sell? Do the club buy them back and sell them on the gates the day of the match?
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:05 PMComment #48
SKY VIP millions,
Toon Army, 100,000. Better odds.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:05 PMComment #49
Peter, aye, 2 x person makes more sense.
However you’d get people using this to get hold of tickets to “sell on” and make a few quid, which of course is what started this whole discussion off. 😉
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:05 PMComment #50
Puglet off for a walk.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:06 PMComment #51
I live in Kent so know services and entertainment are priced differently down here normally. The problem is with us is its exactly the same product. A premier leaugue game for a top 6 club.
Where the club is missing out is I guess that 80% of the fulfilment of these £400 tickets is for corporate entertainment. If the club could somehow meet this demand and keep all the money I think we would all be happy with that as it goes on the bottom line.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:10 PMComment #52
Dazzler, the club have a partnership arrangement with a local Hotel to supply accommodation/tickets packages for visiting fans.
Obviously, because it’s for home games and Hotel rooms will be at a premium anyway, the overall cost is pretty steep. But if you live in Hong Kong, Toronto, or Indiana and want to guarantee your room and match tickets, it may not seem so bad. 😉
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:13 PMComment #53
The company is sportsbreaks.com
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:17 PMComment #54
Just looked on website, next 8 x fixtures “sold out”
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:18 PMComment #55
No easy solution mate is there pal. We could expand the ground to 65,000 and still i think we would have the same problem with tickets.Success has it’s pitfalls and unfortunately this is one of em
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:18 PMComment #56
Sorry mate just read back!
Hope your wife makes a full and speedy recovery! 🙂
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:26 PMComment #57
Unbelievable to get that much money back on Wood, I thought on those wages he’d see out his contract. Considering we got that money back wasn’t half as bad a signing as I thought. So cost us 20m in total not 40m, which isn’t that bad. Might even do OK if Forest play long ball. Seems like the white Fashanu. Can do ok at certain teams, but not cut out for higher level.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:29 PMComment #58
A Geordie Mongrel
So very sorry to hear about that very unfortunate accident your wife had mate, i hope she is ok and makes a speedy and successful recovery very soon my friend.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:32 PMComment #59
AGM, that sounds like a nasty fall for your good lady to suffer. Glad to hear of your good, caring help from NHS and you take good care of her during her recovery. Best wishes.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:38 PMComment #60
Best of luck to Chris Woods in this new stage of his career.
Did a job for us, no doubt about it.
Needs first team football to keep his place in the NZ team, where, incidentally, he’s a regular scorer.
Thanks for fitting in so well for us.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:38 PMComment #61
AGM, hope she recovers soon.
P.S. Does that mean you got out for a pint? 🙂
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:39 PMComment #62
not doing Chris Wood a deliberate disservice here but maybe he has found a niche?
January signing for a relegation threatened club. They survive and then sell him on the next January to the next club. Rinse and repeat. Again I liked him. he came here did his job ( to a certain extent) and always did what he was asked to do ( apart from score more goals)
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:39 PMComment #63
You have to give credit to Chris Wood. He obviously could have chosen to sit around and take decent wages, but wants to play football. Also, it’s clear that Forest are in a relegation fight so he is going into a battle and has put himself in the firing line if he does not perform. Compare his attitude to many Premier League players with more ability and bigger wages and you can see why Howe signed him a year ago.
Good luck to him !!
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:42 PMComment #64
Wouldn’t hold me breath on Wood completing the move permanently. What happens if they are relegated? Or they realise he’s gash and bench him
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:47 PMComment #65
I read an article that said the permanent transfer depend on matches and that relegation is not amongst the criteria. So if he plays a few games and forest Are relegated he will still be sold.
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:49 PMComment #66
Hopefully that’s the case @Shelvey. The transfer raised a few eyebrows at the time and he was even worse than I expected
Jan 20, 2023 at 3:58 PMComment #67
Pottsclock, I heard Forest are paying his 90-100k wages and adding an extra year on to his contract which would run out in about 15 months so financially he’s making a good move. In the right system he might be ok, and if they go down he might be useful at getting them back up. I’m guessing this means we will bring in another striker. Shelvey’s off too. A one time favourite of mine who is now sadly past it, so maybe another midfielder. I think he was on about 80k so money saved on wages.
AnyToon in Indiana
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:03 PMComment #68
Hopefully this can put to rest the Ziyech rumors. Not only is he 29 and not playing much he seems to have a bigger head than we are looking for as well.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:03 PMComment #69
Yes my old droog the Ludovico technique would be ideal!
Whenever I viddy the session my glazzies just drip,drip,drip.
Worked perfectly on little Alex!
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:05 PMComment #70
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech has now offered himself to Barcelona as the replacement for Memphis Depay. The Morocco star is also a transfer target of Newcastle United in January.
That is according to Sport, which reports Ziyech wants to fill Depay’s void at Barcelona now the Dutchman has joined Atletico Madrid. Los Colchoneros have finalised a swoop with the Blaugrana for the 28-year-old at €3m (£2.5m). The fee may rise by €1m (£875k) in add-ons.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:08 PMComment #71
This is a weird one for me, DCL & Gordon.
Gordon has lost his place in the Everton relegation fight recently, DCL for Everton with all his injuries aside.
Premier League Record.
I just don’t see DCL as the answer for anything, injured to much and his scoring record isn’t great.
But, if Eddie thinks this is the answer I’ll side with the manager, hope he can get the best out of either if anything in this story is true.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:12 PMComment #72
I thought shelvey was still inured , he’s therefore unlikely to pass a medical if already crocked
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:24 PMComment #73
Don’t take any cal from the starry, vonny bratchnies.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:26 PMComment #74
Eddie had limited resources/options at abfc!
Hence 442, also, he was atvtge beginning of his coaching journey. That form is less adaptable.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:26 PMComment #75
Believe it mate!
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:27 PMComment #76
A semi-permanant crock like dcl is stagnation.
I wouldn’t, like.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:28 PMComment #77
The Taco Taker
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:29 PMComment #78
DrGloom correct Shelvey is still injured but that does not mean he would fail a medical as long as their medical staff can assess the injury and are not concerned by it. Having said than not many teams sign an injured player, especially in Jan given it is mid-season and usually teams want someone who can instantly come in a make a difference.
To be honest I think this Turkey story is and suspect Shelvey will still be here when the window closes.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:29 PMComment #79
Craig Hope on Woody moving to Forest plus some transfer gossip. nothing startling that we didn`t already know though. HWTL.
Jan 20, 2023 at 4:32 PMComment #80
442 can work as a bludgeon late in games, if all else fails…a la last weekend.
Useful weapon in a cluch!