Premier League: All Whites striker Chris Wood completes loan switch from Newcastle to Nottingham Forest

Chris Wood.
Chris Wood. Photo credit: Getty Images

All Whites striker Chris Wood has joined Premier League side Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the current Premier League season, switching from rivals Newcastle United.

Following huge investment in Newcastle's playing squad after a Saudi-backed takeover, Wood has found game time hard to come by after the Toon broke their transfer record to sign Sweden's Alexander Isak for more than NZ$117 million in the summer.

As a result, 31-year-old Wood has been forced to look elsewhere for minutes, and joined newly-promoted Forest on a short term deal through to the end of the season.

However, while still contracted to parent club Newcastle for the rest of the season, Wood's loan deal contains an obligatory purchase clause that will see Forest pay NZ$25 million to sign him permanently.

"It's a great feeling and I am very thankful to be here," said Wood.

"Nottingham Forest is a massive club which I have come up against a number of times, but it's nice now to be able to pull on the red shirt and fight for the club.

"You can see the transition over the past 18 months and it's progressing in the right way. It's a project that's going in the right direction.

"It's a club looking up rather than anything else, it's going to take a lot of hard work, but it's a squad that's pulling together.

"I've been in this league a long time, so hopefully I'll bring a lot of experience to try and help the younger lads out and bring everybody together."

Since joining Newcastle from Burnley for a reported NZ$50.19 million, the All Whites striker played 39 games for the club, scoring five goals in all competitions.