Newcastle on the verge of completing £25m swoop for Chris Wood

Newcastle are on the verge of completing their second January signing after Magpies triggered striker Chris Wood’s £25m release clause from fellow strugglers Burnley

  • Newcastle are set to complete the £25million signing of Burnley’s Chris Wood 
  • The Magpies have triggered the New Zealand striker’s release clause this week 
  • Wood, 30, will become the club’s second arrival of the month under new owners
  • Newcastle announced the arrival of England star Kieran Trippier last week 

Newcastle are set to complete the £20million signing of Burnley striker Chris Wood after activating a release clause in his contract.

The 30-year-old will undergo a medical on Tyneside ahead of his expected debut at home to Watford on Saturday.

Wood will become the second signing of the club’s new Saudi-backed owners, following the £12million arrival of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid last week.

Newcastle are close to completing the signing of Chris Wood from fellow strugglers Burnley

The Magpies have triggered the New Zealand striker’s £25m release clause at Turf Moor

The two players share the same agent and it is understood Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley and head coach Eddie Howe were alerted to the availability of Wood during the signing of Trippier.

Their need for a striker became urgent following the loss of Callum Wilson to a calf injury last month. He will miss at least the next eight weeks.

Wood – who has been capped 60 times by New Zealand – joined Burnley from Leeds for £15m in 2017. He has scored 53 goals n 165 appearances for the Clarets and was a regular in Sean Dyche’s side.

However, the release clause left them vulnerable to an approach and losing Wood to a relegation rival is a bitter blow.

Burnley and Newcastle are level on 11 points in the relegation zone, two points adrift of fourth-bottom Watford.

Wood, 30, will become Eddie Howe’s second signing of the month under their new owners

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