Newcastle confirm the transfer to Chris Wood from Burnley

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Newcastle have announced the signing of striker Chris Wood from Burnley, with the New Zealand international on a contract until 2024.

The deal is believed to be worth £ 20 million after the Magpies triggered a release clause and Wood will wear the number 20 jersey at St James’ Park.

Newcastle hope the striker, who has scored 49 Premier League goals, including double figures in every full season he has played in the Premier League, will help keep them safe from relegation.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” the 30-year-old told his new club’s official website.

“I’ve played at St. James’ Park a few times and it’s a great place, so having the chance to represent this club with these incredible supporters behind me and my teammates is very special.

“The club and the manager have been first-class during this process, and I really can not wait to get on the pitch and reciprocate the faith they have in me, especially with an important part of the season ahead of us.”

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe added: “Chris is an important signing for us at a crucial time and I’m very happy we were 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 a lot of experience in the Premier League. He will suit us well.”

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