Premier League club have already confirmed Newcastle United’s first summer transfer

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Newcastle United’s first summer transfer was confirmed at the start of June.

The summer transfer window opens today - but Newcastle United’s first piece of business was confirmed weeks ago.

New Zealand international Chris Wood has officially joined Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis following an initial half-season loan spell.

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Wood moved to the City Ground in January, where the Magpies inserted a £15million obligation to buy clause into the agreement.

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That was activated under a month later when Wood started his third game for Forest, though it wasn’t confirmed until the Reds announced their retained list on June 2.

“Chris Wood’s loan deal from Newcastle United will become permanent from the summer transfer window open date,” Forest said in a club statement.

The 31-year-old still has plenty to do to win the Forest fans over. He has scored just one goal in seven games and missed the previous 12 matches with a hamstring injury.

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Wood had featured in all but one of Newcastle’s matches in 2022-23 before his exit. Eddie Howe did plan to lose Wood but respected the striker’s wishes - and admitted it was a good deal for the club.

Newcastle had signed Wood from Burnley for £25million 12 months prior. Although the fee and the striker’s goal return (five goals in 39 Premier League) were scrutinised, the transfer served its purpose after he helped keep the club in the Premier League.

“He’s been a huge player for us, outstanding in every way,” Howe said. “When we signed him, we were in a very difficult league position. He played a huge part on the pitch to help transform the team.

“He’s been excellent, both on and off the pitch, in terms of his leadership and positivity even when he’s not played. You can’t underestimate the role he’s played.

“It was a difficult decision because you have to take into account the player and his wishes. But also, I think it’s a very good deal financially for the football club.”

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