Newcastle have confirmed the signing of striker Chris Wood from Burnley.

The New Zealand international becomes the Premier League side’s second acquisition of the January transfer window, following the arrival of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

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Wood is Newcastle’s second signing of the window

Wood joins for a fee thought to be around £20million and talkSPORT understands Newcastle did not have to trigger a release clause.

Toon manager Eddie Howe has been desperate for reinforcements up top after it was confirmed striker Callum Wilson will be sidelined for at least two months through injury.

The departure of Wood to a direct relegation rival undoubtedly represents a huge blow for the Clarets.

Wood has been a success at Burnley, scoring 53 goals in all competitions over a four-and-a-half year spell

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Wood has been a success at Burnley, scoring 53 goals in all competitions over a four-and-a-half year spell

Only Norwich have scored fewer goals than Sean Dyche’s men this season and, despite netting just three times this season, Wood has been the club’s main source of goals in recent years.

The 30-year-old reached double figures in each of the last four top-flight campaigns, scoring 49 goals in 144 league matches.

Burnley and Newcastle are currently level on 11 points, both two-points adrift of safety having won once all season, although the Clarets have two games in hand.

Wood, who will wear the no.20 said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player.

“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.

“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.”

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