Chris Wood: Burnley striker to undergo medical examination at Newcastle who have respected release clause of around £ 20million | Football news

Chris Wood is traveling to the North East for a medical examination with Newcastle, who have respected the striker’s release clause of around £ 20million.

Newcastle quickly replaced top scorer Callum Wilson, who head coach Eddie Howe has said will be out with a calf injury for two months after Saturday’s shocking FA Cup third round loss to Cambridge United.

Wood has been a key forward for relegation rivals Burnley, sitting just above Newcastle on the goal difference in the last three, but the 30-year-old had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Turf Moor if any specific fees are deposited.

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The New Zealand international, with three goals for Burnley this season, has extensive Premier League experience and could fit into the starting lineup as Newcastle prepare for a crucial home game with Watford on Saturday.

Newcastle could even sign two new forwards before the end of the January window, with negotiations underway on a deal for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike.

Newcastle in talks for Ekitike

Hugo Ekitike is a target for Newcastle, who are desperate to recruit a striker
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Hugo Ekitike is also targeted by Newcastle

The Premier League side made an informal offer for Ekitike, but failed to reach Reims’ £ 30million valuation for the fit French U20 international as talks continue between the two clubs.

The Magpies are expected to make a formal offer but could face competition for the striker with two anonymous Premier League clubs also interested.

Ekitike, who made his Reims debut in August, has scored eight goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season and recorded three assists. The 19-year-old can also play on the left wing.

“Newcastle must sign Wood before Watford game”

Paul Merson has said Newcastle need to complete the signing of Chris Wood ahead of Saturday’s game against relegation rivals Watford, with leading scorer Callum Wilson facing an eight-week absence with a calf injury.

“They have to take their chances and hope that someone can get started,” Merson said. Air sports. “I know he’s not prolific, but Wood plays every week for Burnley and he plays in the Premier League.

“You know he will be doing well in this league. It won’t be a shock to him and he will go through a brick wall for you.

Callum Wilson sent off with injury against Man Utd
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Callum Wilson set to be out until March with another injury

“That’s what Newcastle need. They need Kieran Tripper and Chris Wood. They need players who are going to roll up their sleeves and not come in and be shocked at how fast the Premier League is.

“I’m worried about Newcastle, really. It was an absolutely shocking result against Cambridge.

“The problem is Wilson is back in eight weeks, but you can’t wait for him. You have to bring someone in. Time is running out for Newcastle.

“They need a striker to play against Watford on Saturday. They need to bring someone in. They can’t wait until Saturday’s game is over.

“They can’t say they’re not in a rush and we’re just going to finish this game because if they lose to Watford they’re in big trouble. They’ll have more problems than they are now!

“That’s why the panic is so entrenched and why they have to bring in a striker. This is their cup final. They don’t win this game without someone. They have to take their chances and it will be a panic buy, whatever they do, but they have to do something. “

Newcastle and Wolves take an interest in Monaco’s Badiashile

Benoit Badiashile is a target for Newcastle and Wolves this month
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Benoit Badiashile could be a defensive rookie for Newcastle

Newcastle are also trying to add in defense after the arrival of Kieran Trippier.

They made a second offer on Friday worth £ 29.3million for Lille’s Sven Botman, but the French club valuate it at more than £ 35million.

Wolves and Newcastle are both interested in Monaco center-back Benoit Badiashile.

The 20-year-old Monaco Academy graduate is among the many options for the post that both clubs are considering.

Newcastle want to sign at least one center-back, with Botman being their main target.

Wolves wanted to sign Botman this summer and were also interested in Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car, which is on the market again in January.

Wolves shouldn’t be spending a lot of money on new players this month.

Technical director Scott Sellars described the club’s approach for January last week and said they could do business, but would not be busy.

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