Newcastle close to signing Burnley striker Wood

Chris Wood (right) in action against for Burnley in a defeat at Newcastle United in December
Newcastle are set to become Wood’s 11th English club

Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Burnley striker Chris Wood.

It had been thought the Clarets would not sell 30-year-old Wood to a Premier League relegation rival.

However, the New Zealand international reportedly has a release clause in his Burnley contract, which Newcastle have now triggered.

Wood, who was Burnley’s record signing when he arrived from Leeds for £15m in 2017, has scored three goals in 17 league games this season and is now set to have a medical at Newcastle.

The move leaves Clarets manager Sean Dyche with a major problem after losing one of his most experienced forward players.

The Turf Moor side and Newcastle are level on 11 points in 18th and 19th place in the top flight, although Burnley have two games in hand.

Analysis – ‘Newcastle need a robust striker’

Former Crystal Palace and Brighton striker Glenn Murray on BBC Radio 5 Live

It’s shrewd from Newcastle – anyone they go for now is going to be bumped up in price so to go for players with release clauses is a clever way to go about it.

Chris Wood will give you joy from crosses, particularly with Kieran Trippier putting those crosses in.

Wilson breaks down quite regularly and they need a robust striker that will be available for them most of the time. He is a very honest, strong professional and he will work and not shirk his responsibility.

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