After raiding their relegation rivals and activating the player’s release clause, Newcastle have completed the £25 million transfer of Burnley striker Chris Wood.
Senior Turf Moor officials are upset, according to Sportsmail, at losing the New Zealand international to a squad that is level on points with them in the bottom three. They’re also believed to be upset that the 30-year-old would abandon them in such a precarious situation.
Newcastle, on the other hand, were made aware of Wood’s release clause during the completion of the agreement to recruit Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, who shares the same agency.
‘This is a very exciting chance for me, and I’m happy to be a Newcastle United player,’ Wood said after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.
‘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 teammates is very special.
‘The club and manager have been first class during this process, and I really can’t wait to get onto the pitch and repay the faith they have in me, especially with a vital part of the season ahead of us.’