Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of New Zealand striker Chris Wood from Burnley for an undisclosed fee.
Wood has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract and arrives in time to participate in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford at St. James’ Park.
The 30-year-old becomes the Magpies’ second signing from the January transfer window following the arrival of England international full-back Kieran Trippier from Atlético Madrid.
Wood will wear jersey number 20 – the first number he wore for his country. The Auckland-born forward has scored 27 goals for the All Whites in 60 international appearances.
Chris Wood said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player.
“I’ve played at St. James’s Park a few times and it’s an amazing place, so having the chance to represent this club with these amazing supporters behind me and my teammates is very special.
“The club and the manager have been first class during this process, and I can’t wait to step onto the pitch and restore the confidence they have in me, especially with a vital part of the season ahead. . “
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe said: “Chris is an important signing for us at a crucial time and I’m very happy that we were able to act quickly and bring him here.
“He’s a very dangerous offensive threat, he’s got a physique and a character that I really like, and he’s got a lot of Premier League experience. He’ll be a perfect fit for us.”
Wood started his career in his native New Zealand with clubs in Auckland and Hamilton before a successful tryout saw him move to England with West Bromwich Albion in 2008.
After impressing at the youth level and making his debut in the first team, he took advantage of loan spells with Barnsley, Brighton, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Millwall and Leicester City, eventually finishing a permanent stint at the Foxes in January 2013.
He helped Nigel Pearson’s side win the league title in the 2013/14 season and was loaned out to Ipswich Town in February 2015 before moving to Leeds United that summer.
Wood has scored 44 goals in 88 appearances for a Leeds shirt – including an injury equalizer at St. James ‘Park in the Magpies’ successful season – and he was quickly signed by Burnley in the summer of 2017 for a club of the time. -record of costs.
He is moving to St. James’ Park after four and a half years at Turf Moor, during which he helped the Clarets become a top team with 49 goals in 144 Premier League appearances.