Chris Wood has officially become Newcastle United’s second signing under their new owners with the striker following Kieran Trippier to St James’ Park.
The 30-year-old has made the switch to Newcastle from Burnley for a reported fee of £25m.
Chris Wood signs until the end of the 2023-24 season, as Trippier did, and will wear the number 20 shirt.
It had been thought Burnley would not sell the player to a Premier League relegation rival, but Newcastle triggered the release clause in his Clarets contract.
Chris Woods said of the move:
“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 on to the pitch and repay the faith they have in me, especially with a vital part of the season ahead of us.”
We've got Wood. 💪
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 13, 2022
Newcastle United have found themselves rooted to the relegation zone this season, with an escape looking almost impossible with only one club previously avoiding the drop having had the same or less points than the Magpies currently have.
However, financial backing may permit Eddie Howe the greatest resources possible as the club look to maintain their top flight status for next year and build a new future for the club.
Newcastle are second bottom of the Premier League, having won just one league game all season. They are next in action on Saturday, at home to Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round, before hosting fellow strugglers Watford in the league on 15 January.