By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United have rejected a bid from Burnley for striker Chris Wood, Football Insider sources understand.
Sean Dyche’s side have identified Wood as their top target to replace Andre Gray and have lodged a club record bid of £12million to try and land the New Zealand international before the transfer window shuts later this month.
However, a Leeds source has told Football Insider that Leeds have rejected the offer from Burnley as they want to keep their star man at Elland Road.
A number of Premier League clubs have been monitoring Wood’s situation this summer and Leeds are bracing themselves for more interest, including firm offers, in the 25-year-old before the close of the transfer window.
Burnley are in the market for a new striker after selling Gray to Premier League rivals Watford earlier this week for a fee of £18million.
Wood is being eyed by a number of Premier League clubs following his exploits last season, when his 30 goals in all competitions included 27 in the Championship.
He has started this term with a goal in Leeds’ 3-2 win over Bolton last weekend.
In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Thomas Christiansen is lining up a move for a centre-back who is highly regarded and is captain of his club.