Chris Wood: Newcastle confirm transfer of Burnley striker

Newcastle United have signed Burnley striker Chris Wood.

Wood, 30, travelled to Newcastle on Tuesday evening to undergo a medical ahead of the transfer and has penned a two-and-a-half year deal with his new club.

The Athletic reported that Newcastle were closing in on the signing on Tuesday, with Wood’s arrival their second of the window after they brought in full-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

Newcastle were determined to bring in a forward before the end of the window, with the 1-0 home defeat to third-tier Cambridge United on Saturday “focussing minds” when it comes to securing signings.

Newcastle’s need for reinforcements has been accelerated by their crucial bottom-of-the-table clash against Watford on Saturday — Watford are just two places and two points ahead of the Tyneside club.

The signing of Wood is also timely given the injury suffered by fellow striker Callum Wilson. Head coach Eddie Howe confirmed at the weekend that Wilson — who is the club’s top Premier League scorer with six goals — will be out for two months with a calf problem.

Upon signing, Wood said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player.

“I have played at St. James’ Park a few times and it’s an amazing place, so to have the chance to represent this club with those incredible supporters behind me and my team-mates is very special.

“The club and manager have been first class during this process, and I really can’t wait to get onto the pitch and repay the faith they have in me, especially with a vital part of the season ahead of us.”

Howe added: “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.”

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