Newcastle United have officially announced the signing of Chris Wood from Burnley.
The striker becomes the Magpies’ second signing of the month, with Kieran Trippier the first player to arrive.
Newcastle desperately needed a striker following Callum Wilson’s injury, and they have got one.
Wood arrives on a two-and-a-half year deal, costing a reported fee of £25million. That was Wood’s release clause at Burnley, which Newcastle reportedly found out about during the Trippier negotiations.
It’s an expensive signing, with Newcastle paying over the odds for a 30-year-old striker. But Wood is proven in the Premier League, and Eddie Howe was desperate for a forward to come in. Given the situations, needs must.
The New Zealand international will hopefully make his Toon debut on Saturday against Watford. He’ll wear the number 20 shirt for the Magpies.
What has been said about Newcastle signing Chris Wood?
Following his arrival, Howe told the club’s official website: “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.”
Newcastle get the striker they’ve needed for a long time
While Callum Wilson is an exceptional forward, his fitness record has always been questionable.
Multiple times during his Toon career, he’s picked up an injury that has ruled him out of action for a string of games.
Yet Newcastle have never had adequate backup – until now. Wood comes in and will be expected to deliver during Wilson’s latest absence.
And when Wilson does return, Howe will have a big decision to make. Does he play the pair together as a striking duo? Or does one sit on the bench while the other starts?
It’s a nice headache to have, and another indication that Newcastle are going in the right direction following the change of ownership.