Premier League: All Whites striker Chris Wood completes transfer to big money Newcastle United

Chris Wood in action for Burnley in the FA Cup
Chris Wood in action for Burnley in the FA Cup Photo credit: Image - Photosport

All Whites striker Chris Wood has completed a transfer from Burnley to Premier League relegation rivals Newcastle United.

Wood, 30, could make his debut for the Magpies as early as Sunday, when they host Watford at St. James Park.

The Kiwi's fee was undisclosed but was earlier reported that Newcastle paid Burnley £25million (NZ$50.19m) for his release clause.

It brings an end to Wood's time with Burnley, who he joined in August 2017 for a fee reported to be worth £16.40million.

"I've been with Burnley for four years, I was in my comfort zone," says Wood. "I knew what it was about, and you never do anything great in your comfort zone.

"To be extraordinary and to take my game to the next level, [I need to] challenge myself at a massive club like Newcastle, it was the right option.

"I knew there was interest... it was a no-brainer with everything around it."

The All Whites striker is the second major signing for Newcastle since their takeover by a Saudi Arabian consortium in October, following the arrival of England international defender Kieran Trippier.

In the Premier League, Wood has played 144 matches for Burnley, scoring 49 goals - the most in their history - and was named as the club's player of the season after their 2020/21 campaign.

In April 2021, Wood became the first New Zealander to score a Premier League hat-trick, scoring three goals in his side's 4-0 victory over the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In all competitions, Wood has played 165 matches and scored 53 goals for Burnley.

For the All Whites, Wood has netted 27 goals second to only Vaughan Coveny as New Zealand's most prolific scorer.

So far in the 2021/22 season, Wood has failed to reach the heights that had seen him score double figures in each of his past four seasons, with only three goals to his name so far.

But Wood's arrival comes with Newcastle languishing in the Premier League's relegation zone, sitting in 19th position at the halfway stage of their campaign with just one win and 11 points so far this season.

Wood's now-former club Burnley sit one place above Newcastle, also with 11 points but ahead thanks to a superior goal difference.