Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has welcomed Chris Wood to the club.
He’s agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the club, and could make his debut against Watford on Saturday. He will wear the number 20 at St James’ Park.
The deal has already been praised by Eddie Howe, who was no doubt desperate for a striker to come in following his side’s Cambridge woes and the injury to Callum Wilson.
Now Newcastle have got their man, and Amanda Staveley’s husband has issued a short message to the second January signing.
Chris Wood joins the Newcastle ‘family’
Ghodoussi wrote on Twitter: “Welcome to the family Chris.”
This was in response to the club’s tweet confirming the deal, alongside the caption ‘we’ve got Wood’, which is very funny if you enjoy juvenile humour.
Wood becomes Newcastle’s second signing of the month, with Kieran Trippier the first to arrive. Both players are in their 30s, and have stacks of Premier League experience.
Neither are particularly flash, despite Trippier coming from Champions League side Atletico Madrid. It’s not like he’s a big name striker – he’s a right-back.
But the Magpies are being sensible. Despite all their wealth, they are proving to be quite astute in the transfer market.
That’s absolutely the right approach to take. With relegation still a very real possibility, Newcastle need to get it right in January. Signing the wrong type of player could be catastrophic.
Eddie Howe needs reliable players who are going to fight for the badge and keep the club in the Premier League. Team spirit is everything, which is why a player like Wood should be a vital addition to the NUFC ‘family’.