Sports editor makes Leeds striker transfer revelation: Massive bid now on the table
By Harry Sykes
Burnley have tabled a £20million bid for Leeds United striker Chris Wood, according to a reliable journalist.
Express Sports weekend editor Joe Short claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that the Premier League club have lodged a massively improved formal offer for the striker in a bid to sign him this month.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday morning that Burnley were one of three Premier League clubs to have tabled formal bids for the New Zealand international made up of an initial £12million, plus £2million of add-ons.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche appears undeterred in his pursuit and has reportedly sanctioned a new offer for Wood that is £8million higher.
Short reported on Twitter that if Leeds were to accept the bid it would make Wood their second most expensive ever sale after the £32million fee that took Rio Ferdinand to Manchester United in November 2000.
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Burnley bid £20m for Chris Wood. Would make him Leeds’ second most expensive player sale, after Rio and ahead of Hasselbaink #lufc
— Joe Short (@_jshort) August 15, 2017
Wood is on the radar of the Premier League clubs after his sensational 2016-17 campaign, in which his Championship-high tally of 27 league goals nearly catapulted Leeds into the play-off places.
The 25-year-old began the new campaign where he left off in 2016-17 with a goal in Leeds’ opening day 3-2 win against Bolton, although he was unable to follow up with another in Saturday’s goal-less draw against 10-man Preston.
It has been reported that Leeds have lined up loan deals for Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack.
The striker duo could replace Wood at Elland Road.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds are facing a major dilemma. With Burnley going big to land Wood – the type of big Leeds have not experienced since they were selling off the crown jewels a decade-and-a-half ago – the club can cash in on their main asset, have a massive pile of cash and pull in a few striker loan deals to act as a sticking plaster in the hope of securing the promotion that would enable them to climb aboard the Premier League gravy train. This potential plan reeks of short-termism and a massive gamble. Wood is a proven Championship scorer with his peak years ahead of him. Yes, McCormack and Lasogga have impressive track records but they both had horrible 2016-17 seasons. Can they still cut it? Will they deliver the goods in 17-18?
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.