Downie gives update on Wood medical at Newcastle and when fans can expect announcement

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Keith Downie has told Sky Sports News (1.20PM, Wednesday) that Chris Wood has nearly completed his Newcastle medical. He has said that the club are hoping to announce a move before the end of play on Wednesday.

Wood, 30, is expected to become the second arrival of the club’s new ownership – after Kieran Trippier joined from Atletico Madrid. The Burnley striker is set to cost £25million, with Newcastle activating a release clause.

While the New Zealand international has only scored three goals this season, he does have a ratio of a goal every three games at Burnley. In his four-and-a-half years at Burnley, he has scored 53 goals in 165 appearances.

Newcastle have been desperate to bring in a striker before Saturday’s relegation clash against Watford – Wood is set to be that man. Downie gave an update on his medical and when fans can expect an announcement.

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“I’m told that he is quite a long way through that medical,” Downie said. “The club will want to rush this one through quickly, they ideally want him to train at least twice before that match against Watford.

“A quite a big deal this one. Finally, it is the striker Newcastle and Eddie Howe need. They see it as safe business. Newcastle hope to announce this one later on today,” Downie continued, speaking on the deal for Wood.

Downie on Wood: £25m deal has critics, but Newcastle need him

On the face of it, spending £25million on a striker that is 30 with just three goals this season – is expensive. But Newcastle would much rather bring in a proven goalscorer, than a player new to the Premier League.

Hugo Ekitike has been linked, as have numerous other strikers – Sardar Azmoun, Moussa Dembele and more. But Wood, unlike others, is proven in the Premier League – scoring 50 times in 153 Premier League matches.

If Wood can score between five and 10 goals before the end of the season for Newcastle, and it keeps the Toon up – then it is money well spent.

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