Record Prem transfers by age as Wood becomes most expensive 30-year-old ever

CHRIS WOOD is officially the most-expensive 30-year-old in Premier League history.

The former Burnley striker became the latest played to join Newcastle‘s revolution now working under the richest owners in world football.

Wood joined Eddie Howe’s squad in their battle to avoid relegation in a £25million deal.

In doing so, the New Zealander overtook ex-Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos in commanding the highest fee for a 30-year-old in English history, according to Omar Chaudhuri.

Sokratis had cost the Gunners £18m on signing him from Borussia Dortmund in the 2018-19 season, with Wood a solid £7m more expensive.

But Wood is not the most-expensive 30-year-old in world football history.

That honour goes to Miralem Pjanic, whose doomed 2020 move from Juventus cost Barcelona a staggering £55m.

The list of most-expensive transfer by age is dominated by Arsenal, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.

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The Gunners proved they like to splash cash on youth in their deals for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – the priciest 16 and 17-year-olds, respectively.

Man Utd hold the records for Anthony Martial (19 years old), Jadon Sancho (21), Paul Pogba (23), Romelu Lukaku (24), Harry Maguire (26) and Edwin van der Sar (34).

Chelsea have Christian Pulisic (20), Romelu Lukaku (28) – following his £97.5m move back to Stamford Bridge this summer – Andriy Shevchenko (29) and Olivier GIroud (31).

Man City broke age records for Jack Grealish (25) following his £100m move in the summer, as well as Riyad Mahrez (27) and Claudio Bravo (33).

Tottenham also feature twice with Tanguy Ndombele (22) and Fernando Llorente (32), while Wolves’ move for Fabio Silva broke the Prem record fee for an 18-year-old.

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