A release clause has handed Newcastle the opportunity to sign Chris Wood from Burnley.
When rumours of the Magpies’ interest first emerged, a deal felt unlikely. Surely the Clarets wouldn’t dream of selling one of their star players to a direct relegation rival.
But rumours of a release clause emerged on Monday night, and on Tuesday night there was a breakthrough.
The Telegraph have reported that Newcastle are close to signing Wood, who has travelled to the North East for a medical.
The 30-year-old will reportedly cost between £20million and £25million, but how did this deal come about?
Kieran Trippier led Newcastle to Chris Wood release clause
Newcastle made their first January signing last week, securing Kieran Trippier for £12million from Atletico Madrid.
And it looks like the deal for the 31-year-old has helped Newcastle close in on their second signing.
Both Trippier and Wood are represented by the same agency, and the Daily Mail state that Newcastle were made aware of the latter’s release clause whilst negotiating the deal with the former.
We thought signing Trippier would encourage others to come, but this isn’t quite what we had in mind. But regardless, Trippier’s arrival is already paying for itself.
He had a decent debut against Cambridge, and showed his leadership credentials as well as his ability on the ball. Now he’s played an important role in helping us land the striker we desperately crave.
Callum Wilson is out of action for eight weeks, meaning Newcastle faced the prospect of taking on Watford without a recognised striker.
But thanks to Chris Wood and his glorious release clause, it looks like that won’t be the case.