Newcastle United are set to sign Chris Wood from Burnley in what will be the club’s second transfer deal of the January window.
News broke last night that Wood was travelling to the club to undergo a medical.
Supposedly, Newcastle have triggered the player’s release clause, thought to be worth around £25 million (The Times).
Burnley are said to be fuming about the situation (via Craig Hope), but if a clause has been activated and the player is keen for the move, there is nothing Clarets can do.
It is hoped that Newcastle will now get a deal across the line as quickly as possible.
The club’s next Premier League game is on Saturday against Watford.
Eddie Howe desperately needs to win that match.
It has been a tough festive period, and it is now time Newcastle starting getting some points on the board.
It is likely at this point that Wood will be starting against the Hornets. But how has he fared against the Hornets over the years?
Well, Wood has faced off against Watford 15 times in his career to date.
He has had a little bit of success, scoring three times. Two of those strikes came in the Championship, first for Birmingham City in the 2011/12 season and then for Leicester City in 2013/14.
Wood then scored for Burnley against Watford at Vicarage Road in a 3-0 win in 2019/20. He hooked in a nice left-footed volley, after the home side failed to clear their lines from a corner.
Newcastle need instant impact from Chris Wood against Watford
So Wood has not been absolutely prolific against Watford throughout his career.
But he has previous, so fans can be hopeful he’ll have an impact this Saturday. Presuming, of course, that Newcastle get the deal done and the player registered in time.
It is an absolutely huge game for Newcastle.
It is vital for the team to get three points and start to build a bit of momentum.
Howe’s side don’t play a ‘Big Six’ side now until the start of March. So coming into form at this point is essential. Hopefully the addition of Wood can help kickstart a run.