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Newcastle Sign Chris Wood In £25m Move From Burnley After Activating Striker's Release Clause

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Newcastle Sign Chris Wood In £25m Move From Burnley After Activating Striker's Release Clause

Newcastle have completed the signing of striker Chris Wood on a two-and-half-year deal from Premier League rivals Burnley.

The Magpies have reportedly met Wood’s release clause, which is thought to be around £25m.

The 30-year-old completed at medical at St James’ Park on Wednesday and has now been confirmed as Newcastle’s second signing of the January window, following Kieran Trippier’s £12m move from Atletico Madrid.

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“This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” Wood told Newcastle’s website.

"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."

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Wood's arrival is a major boost for Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe, who was desperate to sign a new striker before the transfer window closed after losing Callum Wilson to injury.

Wood joins Newcastle from relegation rivals Burnley
Wood joins Newcastle from relegation rivals Burnley

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Wilson suffered a hamstring tear against Manchester United last month and is now facing at least eight weeks on the sidelines.

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Wood has been tasked with replacing the England international's goals as Newcastle look to avoid relegation.

"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," said Howe.

Wood is Eddie Howe's second signing of the transfer window (Image: Alamy)
Wood is Eddie Howe's second signing of the transfer window (Image: Alamy)

"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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Wood leaves Burnley having scored an impressive 53 goals in 165 games during his five-year spell at Turf Moor.

The New Zealand international’s departure is a significant blow to the Clarets, who are third bottom of the Premier League – above Newcastle only on goal difference. 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Twitter: Newcastle

Topics: Burnley, Newcastle United, Premier League, Transfers, Football

Rory O'Callaghan
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