Newcastle confirmed the signature of Wood today on a two-and-half-year contract from fellow Premier League relegation rivals Burnley.


The Magpies activated a £25m release clause in his contract to snare him away from Burnley, who were not interested in letting him join Newcastle this month.



Newcastle were originally looking to bring in a striker but those plans changed after Callum Wilson was ruled out the next couple of months because of a thigh injury.


Wood’s name was under consideration at Newcastle but the club became serious about signing him following their defeat to Cambridge United in the FA Cup third round.



The League One side exposed the deficiencies up front for Newcastle and Wood’s signing became a priority for the club.


Newcastle made a swift move to trigger the forward’s buyout clause after it became clear that the striker was receptive to the move.



Burnley are furious at losing Wood as it left them terribly short of options up front for the latter half of the season.


The Magpies are confident that they have not only weakened Burnley but have also added a potent threat up front.