'Hilarious': Gary Lineker delivers brutally honest verdict on Chris Wood to Newcastle
Newcastle United look like they are on the verge of signing Burnley striker Chris Wood after triggering his release clause.
The Magpies have been on the market looking for a new striker. A number of big names have been linked with a move to St James’ Park, but nobody really expected it to be a 30-year-old who has only scored thrice this term.
However, Eddie Howe seems convinced that this is a good deal and Fabrizio Romano revealed last night that Newcastle have triggered Wood’s £20 million release clause.
The New Zealand forward has even agreed his personal terms and a move could be announced at some point today.
Gary Lineker delivers verdict on Chris Wood to Newcastle
A striker who knows the Premier League is exactly what Newcastle need, but is Wood the right option? Lineker, who knows a thing or two about being a striker, does not think so.
The Englishman, like many of us, was shocked that the Magpies were paying about £20 million for Wood.
When someone argued with Lineker that it was money well spent, the BBC pundit replied saying ‘Hilarious’.
The same person further argued that £20 million is nothing for Newcastle’s new owners and they’ll be on top of the league in a decade thanks to the money they have, Lineker rubbished that by saying: “Not with poor recruitment they won’t be.”
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Is Wood really a bad signing? Absolutely not.
The New Zealander is the perfect target man for the Magpies. His hold up play is excellent and his aerial prowess inside the box is fantastic as well. With a full-back like Trippier whose crossing is top-class, Wood could bang in a few important goals for Newcastle in the coming months.
The only criticism Lineker and others can have is the price involved.
£20 million is a lot of money for someone who has scored just three times this season. However, the fee Newcastle are paying is his release clause, which takes Burnley out of the equation during negotiations. That is why they’re able to sign him so easily and it may prove to be worth the money if they stay up and Burnley go down this season.
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