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All Whites striker Chris Wood signs with Newcastle United, will play this weekend


Chris Wood scores for Burnley, now his former club after he signed with Newcastle United.

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Chris Wood scores for Burnley, now his former club after he signed with Newcastle United.

All Whites striker Chris Wood will make his debut for Newcastle United as soon as this Sunday (NZT) after signing from fellow English Premier League club Burnley.

Newcastle United announced Wood’s signing on Thursday after it was widely reported he had travelled north to complete a medical during the January transfer window.

Wood has signed a two-and-a-half year contract and arrives in time to feature in their home clash with Watford at St James’ Park (4am Sunday NZT). His transfer fee was undisclosed but was earlier reported to be between $40-50 million.

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His former All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen believes Chris Wood would be a brilliant signing for Newcastle United.

Wood will wear No 20, the shirt number he wore when he debuted for New Zealand as a 17-year-old. He said in a statement: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player.

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“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.”

Newcastle United head coach Eddie 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.”

The 30-year-old spent four-and-a-half years at Turf Moor, during which he helped Burnley become an established top-flight side with 49 goals in 144 Premier League appearances.

Burnley's Chris Wood and Newcastle United's Javier Manquillo in action in December.

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Burnley’s Chris Wood and Newcastle United’s Javier Manquillo in action in December.

Wood’s former All Whites team-mates and former Premier League defender Ryan Nelsen welcomed the news before the signing was confirmed.

“Consistently scoring 10-plus goals a season in the Premier League is so hard – he’s in elite company for that,” Nelsen told Sky Sports Premier League.

“So what does Newcastle need? They need goals, they need somebody who knows the Premier League.”

Newcastle are trying to avoid relegation, currently sitting 19th on the EPL table with three of the 20 teams to go down at the end of the season. Burnley are one place ahead of them on goal difference.

Wood was the Magpies’ second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of England international fullback Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.



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