Premier League: Chris Wood relishing pressure of big-money move to relegation battlers Newcastle United

Chris Wood's blockbuster NZ$50 million move to Newcastle United is complete. 

The All Whites striker is now the most expensive player over the age of 29 to feature in the Premier League. 

Wood joins the club during a dogfight to stay in England's top division, but he's not shying away from the challenge.

"It's been a whirlwind 24 hours, 36 hours," Wood says. "It doesn't really bother me about the price, I've still got the same drive and the same challenge to work hard at the weekends."

And that challenge could start as early as Sunday morning (NZ time) against relegation rivals Watford.

"If I'm selected, I'm ready and able. - and looking forward to the weekend and playing for the home crowd."

Wood also says a big part of his decision was that he felt wanted at the Magpies, leaving after five seasons with Burnley.

"I felt like my presence here was needed. There's nothing better than being loved as a striker."

Wood now hopes to feel the love from the 50,000 strong St James' Park crowd too.

But the All Whites star is under no illusion how hard the second half of the season will be. Newcastle are currently 19th on the ladder, fighting to even stay in the Premier League next season.

"For me, I'm thinking of one thing and one thing only, and that's staying in this league. I think we have more than enough ability, but we need to start showing that on the pitch." 

Relegation scraps have become Wood's specialty, after helping Burnley maintain their spot in the top division since arriving in 2017.

That's exactly what he hopes to do again, this time around.

"I'm extremely happy to be here. I feel like I'm in the best years of my career and I've got a lot more to give, most definitely."

And Geordie fans will hope the Kiwi can help their club take flight.