Premier League transfer rumours: Newcastle set sights on Chris Wood
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Newcastle are not wasting any time in moving onto their next target in the January transfer window with another striker wanted despite agreeing to pay £25million to sign Chris Wood from Burnley. The Magpies made their intentions clear earlier this month after they signed Kieran Trippier from defending La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for £12million.
The January transfer window is the first opportunity for the club’s new owners to spend big on making changes.
Eddie Howe’s side are in the midst of a relegation battle though, which has hampered some of their hopes in the transfer window.
Trippier was a huge coup for the Magpies though and they’ve now followed that up with the capture of Wood from Burnley.
The Daily Mail claim Newcastle have paid Wood’s £25m release clause to bring the 30-year-old to St James’ Park.
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Newcastle were desperate to bring in an experienced Premier League striker to come in before their clash with Watford at the weekend.
Callum Wilson’s long-term injury has left Howe short of options up front and Wood will be expected to slot straight in.
But Wood may not be the only striker arriving at Newcastle this month with Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth reporting talks are ongoing on a deal for Hugo Ekitike.
He said: “We’re led to believe that Newcastle are in the market for two strikers – an experienced one and another up and coming one.
“Wood will provide that experience, while they are also looking at Reims striker Hugo Ekitike.
“Talks are continuing with this deal but there still remains a gap in the valuation of what Newcastle are willing to spend and what Reims want to receive.
“We think they would want in the region of £30m for the France U20 striker. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that it could happen. It’s just the gap in valuation does still exist.
“I just wonder if Burnley and Sean Dyche have legislated for Wood leaving. He is the focal point of their attack and plays all the time.
“He’s only score three goals this season in the Premier League, but he is the man they look to.”
Newcastle are also expected to be in the market for a midfielder and centre-back before the transfer window closes.
Sven Botman had been touted as their top target, but Lille are reluctant to do business midway through the season.
Sevilla star Diego Carlos has now emerged as their preferred alternative, although other options are reportedly being explored.
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