It looks like Chris Wood is going to become Newcastle United’s second January signing.
The New Zealand international emerged as a target on Sunday, with the Magpies desperate to add a striker in time to face Watford.
With no movement on Monday and most of Tuesday, a lot of Toon fans were bracing themselves for no new signings to arrive ahead of Saturday.
But Tuesday night brought a breakthrough. The Telegraph reported that Newcastle are closing in on a deal for Wood, with a medical on the horizon.
It’s been reported that the 30-year-old will cost in the region of £20million. It’s a lot of money, but it could be money well spent.
But what does Wood’s potential arrival mean for the current Newcastle players?
Chris Wood is ideal target man for Kieran Trippier
Newcastle hurled loads of crosses into the box against Cambridge, with no striker in the six yard area to capitalise.
With Callum Wilson out injured, Eddie Howe is desperate for a new striker. And Wood will give him something different.
He’s a fantastic aerial presence, which is good news for Newcastle’s first January signing Kieran Trippier. The £12million man’s delivery from out wide is excellent, and he’ll be relishing the chance to pick out Wood with one of his crosses.
A different challenge for Jonjo Shelvey
While Wood’s potential arrival suits Trippier, it presents a new challenge for Jonjo Shelvey.
The Toon midfielder has fantastic vision, and is always looking to play the ball in behind. A quick striker who is always looking to turn defenders can dovetail perfectly with Shelvey.
But that’s not the type of striker Wood is. He’s strong and powerful and will operate more as a target man.
Shelvey will need to find a way to combine with Wood, but he’s the type of player the 29-year-old has struggled alongside in the past. He didn’t have much of a connection with Salomon Rondon during the Rafa Benitez days.
Curtains for Dwight Gayle?
As it stands, Newcastle’s only other striker is Dwight Gayle. He’s played backup to Wilson all season, barely getting a sniff of action.
And Wood’s potential arrival will only push him further down the pecking order. His time at St James’ Park could be coming to an end.