NEWCASTLE United are expected to complete their proposed deal for Burnley striker Chris Wood today.

The 30-year-old New Zealand international underwent a medical at the club yesterday after the Magpies met a £25 million release clause in his contract.

Personal terms have swiftly been agreed between club and player and it’s understood Eddie Howe and the club are keen to push the move through in time for Wood to be available for this weekend’s game against Watford.

The search for a striker was given added urgency following the news Callum Wilson has been sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Wood had eighteen months left on his current deal at the Clarets and the Burnley staff are understood to be furious that a deal has been struck with Wood keen to move to Tyneside.

He’s scored 64 goals in 157 senior appearances for Burnley since joining them from Leeds United in 2017 but now looks set to be signing for a direct relegation rival in the Premier League.

Wood will become Newcastle United’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of England full-back Kieran Tripper who completed a £12 million move from Atletico Madrid last week.