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Chris Wood has signed for Newcastle United in a reported £25million

Newcastle United sign Chris Wood from relegation rivals Burnley

Newcastle United have made their second signing of the January transfer window, adding a proven goalscorer in the form of Chris Wood.

Chris Wood has signed for Newcastle United in a reported £25million move from fellow relegation candidates Burnley to bolster their chances of survival.

Newcastle and Burley both sit in the bottom three on 11 points apiece – two from safety.

Wood, who joined the Clarets from Leeds United in 2017, has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Newcastle,

Having travelled to the northeast on Tuesday for a medical.

The 30-year-old has become the Magpies’ second first-team signing under Eddie Howe – and the club’s new Saudi Arabia-backed ownership – after England full-back Kieran Trippier, who joined for a reported £12m last week.

Trippier made his debut in the shock 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat at home to Cambridge United on Saturday.

With three league goals to his name this season,

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Wood is Burley’s second-highest scorer after Maxwel Cornet, who was signed from Lyon in August.

Wood has scored at least 10 league goals in each of the four previous seasons,

With his tally of 14 in 2019-20 a personal best in the competition. However, he has not found the net since November 20.

 

Chris Wood

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Chris Wood Poses for photos at The Newcastle United Training Centre on January 12, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Newcastle United is an exciting opportunity for me, And I look forward to joining the team,” he said.

Wood told his new club’s official 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 teammates 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.”

In total, the New Zealand international played 144 Premier League matches for Burnley,

Helping the Clarets to 44 wins, with Sean Dyche’s team suffering 63 defeats and drawing 37 times.

With Wood in the team, Burnley scored 149 times,

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Compared to netting just 21 times across 23 fixtures in which the striker did not feature.

Newcastle boss Howe said:

“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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