With Crystal Palace at Brighton scheduled for Friday night, Newcastle need to register Chris Wood by midday tomorrow for him to be eligible for Watford. All indicators indicate that this is not a problem as he is currently undergoing his medical examination.
The Magpies moved quickly to nab the 30-year-old from relegation rivals Burnley. If Wood can start, his goals could be the difference between survival and relegation.
This marks the second breakthrough in what has been a window of toil. Newcastle are struggling to lure any of their centre-back targets with moves for Sven Botman, Diego Carlos and Benoit Badiashile hitting stumbling blocks.
A few alternative targets in Feyenoord’s Marcos Senesi and Turin’s Gleison Bremer were linked on Tuesday. However, a report from italy claims Torino are close to agreeing an extension with Bremer which would significantly increase the 24-year-old’s price tag.
Senesi, who has linked up with Fabrizio Coloccini at San Lorenzo, would cost around £18m according to sports witness, which cites numerous Dutch reports on our interest in Argentina.
A popular option could be Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic. The imposing Serb would have recently been offered to us. Fiorentina will be hoping to cash in before the 24-year-old’s value plummets due to his contract expiring in 18 months.
Newcastle have planned to add a striker and a centre-half this week. The mission is partly accomplished with hopes all but dashed that a defender could be embarked within the next few days.
Newcastle are also expected to miss Everton left-back Lucas Digne. Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a permanent transfer for the 28-year-old. It doesn’t look like he was open to a move to Newcastle.
Once Wood is signed, the focus will be on Saturday’s six-pointer against Watford. Then at the start of next week, Newcastle need to make inroads on a centre-back. There are many targets, but reaching an agreement has proven to be a very difficult task.