Newcastle have completed the £25m signing of Burnley striker Chris Wood.
Wood says he is “delighted” to have signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Magpies and is available to play in Saturday’s Premier League match against relegation rivals Watford at St James’ Park.
“I have played at St. James’ Park a few times and it’s an amazing place, so to have the chance to represent this club with those incredible supporters behind me and my team-mates is very special,” Wood told the club website.
“The club and manager have been first class during this process, and I really can’t wait to get onto the pitch and repay the faith they have in me, especially with a vital part of the season ahead of us.”
Newcastle triggered the release clause in the 30-year-old’s contract this week following the news top scorer Callum Wilson has been ruled out for eight weeks with a calf injury.
Eddie Howe, the Newcastle head coach, praised the club for moving quickly to get Wood, who he says is an “important signing for us at a crucial time”.
“He is a very dangerous attacking threat, has a physicality and character that I really like, and he has vast experience in the Premier League. He will be a great fit for us,” added Howe.