Newcastle United Close to Completing Second Signing of the Window as Chris Wood Looks to Join

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Newcastle United are close to completing their second signing of the window, with Burnley striker Chris Wood close to making a move to Tyneside.

According to John Percy of the Daily Telegraph, Wood is due to complete a medical before putting pen-to-paper on the final details of his contract.

Chris Wood Close to Joining Newcastle United

Shrewd Move?

The New Zealand international might not be the most appealing signing – and is not to the levels of dubious links with some of the world’s best stars – but he could prove to be a shrewd signing.

Wood has been consistent in the Premier League for Burnley. Before this season, he had scored 55 goals in four Premier League seasons at Turf Moor.

However, the 30-year-old has struggled in front of goal recently, with just three goals to his name so far this season.

Despite that, Wood possesses Premier League experience and quality, a trait that Newcastle are desperate for right now. The days of being linked with Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland now may seem far-fetched, but Eddie Howe needs to avoid relegation in order for the new Saudi Arabian project to work.

As a result, the Burnley striker is the latest player they have turned to following the arrival of Kieran Trippier. 

It is believed that a £20 million fee has been agreed with Burnley, with Wood due to make the switch to the North East in the coming days.

Newcastle are in the market for a striker following an injury to Callum Wilson, who is expected to be out for the foreseeable future.

Despite Wood’s age, he is an excellent option as a second-choice striker, or as part of a 4-4-2 system once Wilson returns to fitness.

Should he sign in time, he may make his debut for the Magpies at home to Watford on Saturday.

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