By Wayne Veysey

19th Aug, 2017 | 8:14pm

Christiansen: Leeds prepared for Wood exit, approaches already made for new striker signings

By Harry Sykes

Thomas Christiansen has revealed that Leeds United are working on a list of targets to replace exit-bound Chris Wood.

The Elland Road manager admitted in the aftermath of Leeds’ 2-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday night that the club had agreed to sell Wood to Burnley after the striker expressed his desire to move.

But Christiansen claimed that the Yorkshire giants were prepared for the possibility of the 25-year-old quitting and have made moves to replace him.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay quoted Christiansen on his personal Twitter account as saying that a shortlist of forward targets has been drawn up and the club already “have made approaches”.

Wood pulled out of the Stadium of Light fixture shortly beforehand as he puts the finishing touches to a transfer to Premier League club Burnley.

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Christiansen reacted to the absence of the Championship’s top scorer in 2016-17 by handing a full league debut to Caleb Ekuban, who joined from Italian club Chievo earlier in the window.

The 23-year-old did not get on the scoresheet but Leeds were still able to secure what was a notable win through goals from Samu Saiz and Stuart Dallas.

The Yorkshire giants have been linked with a number of new strikers, including Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack.

In the latest Leeds United news, another senior player is set to follow Chris Wood out of the exit door next week.

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