All Whites striker Chris Wood to undergo medical at Newcastle ahead of Burnley switch – report
12 January, 2022, 10:10 am
All Whites striker Chris Wood is set to complete a stunning £20 million (NZ$40 million) move to Premier League strugglers Newcastle United after the cash-rich Saudi-backed club reportedly met his release clause from Burnley.
The 30-year-old New Zealander would be Newcastle’s second major signing since their controversial takeover by a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, following the arrival of England fullback Kieran Trippier from Spanish champions Atlético Madrid last week.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe sees Wood as a replacement for injured top scorer Callum Wilson, who is expected to be sidelined for up to two months with a calf injury.
The former Bournemouth boss is an admirer of Wood’s physical attributes and link up play.
The Magpies are in desperate need of a goal threat after suffering an embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to third-tier Cambridge United in the FA Cup last weekend.