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Chris Wood ‘probably thought his agent was joking’ as Newcastle’s ‘odd’ £ 20million offer questioned – but transfer will damage Premier League rivals Burnley and may be a success


Newcastle’s £ 20million offer for Chris Wood surprised many, but perhaps not as much as the player himself.

That’s the take on Gabby Agbonlahor, who thinks the forward would have thought his agent was joking when he first heard of the Magpies’ interest.

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Wood is set to leave Burnley to join their Premier League relegation rivals, who have reportedly activated his £ 20million release clause.

Now under the control of the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Newcastle are part of the big financial leagues and were linked to some of the best players in the world shortly after the takeover was finalized in October.

But with Wood set to be the second signing under the new owners, it has been suggested that the recruiting of the 30-year-old, who has just three goals this season, is kind of a wet firecracker.

“I have a feeling when Chris Wood heard the news from his agent he probably would have thought he was joking,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT Breakfast.

Chris Wood ‘probably thought his agent was joking’ as Newcastle’s ‘odd’ £ 20million offer questioned – but transfer will damage Premier League rivals Burnley and may be a success
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“He has scored three Premier League goals all season, is 30 and a club worth £ 300 billion. [want him].

“I think it’s a weird and weird signing. We were talking about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and all those superstars to come and they went looking for a striker who has scored three goals this season.

“It’s very strange and if I’m a Newcastle fan I want more.”

However, Dean Saunders believes Wood can be a success at Newcastle if they exploit his strengths and the move will give them an advantage over Burnley, who is also in the Premier League’s bottom three.

Chris Wood ‘probably thought his agent was joking’ as Newcastle’s ‘odd’ £ 20million offer questioned – but transfer will damage Premier League rivals Burnley and may be a success
Wood was successful at Burnley, scoring 53 goals in four and a half years there
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“That doesn’t sound fair, does it?” But I don’t think they did it to damage Burnley. I think they need a center forward, ”Saunders told Sports Bar.

“Do they go to the market and find someone in Belgium or France or do they find someone they know? “

Asked if Wood is good enough for Newcastle, Saunders added: “If you use him in the right way. He needs bullets through early, he needs bullets over early, you have to shoot arrows diagonally at him. He and Ashley Barnes are a handful for everyone.

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