Done tomorrow: Leeds on verge of selling mainstay in club-record deal - sports editor
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United are on the verge of selling Chris Wood to Burnley after accepting a bid of £15million plus add-ons, according to a reliable journalist.
Burnley Express sports editor Chris Boden reported on his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning that the Premier League side are “closing in” on securing a club-record signing.
Boden claimed that the transfer could be “done tomorrow” as Wood prepares to end his two-year association with Leeds.
Told Burnley are closing in on club record signing of Chris Wood after third bid, £15m plus add ons. Possible could be done tomorrow
— Chris Boden (@bodenknights) August 19, 2017
It appears that Burnley’s third bid for the forward has been successful and comes as the Mirror report that Wood will leave Leeds’ hotel in the north-east today and travel to Lancashire to undergo a medical and finalise his move.
Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen admitted on Friday that Leeds have offered the forward, 25, a three-year contract extension on his current £15,000-a-week deal in an attempt to persuade him to stay.
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But Wood appears to have made up his mind to quit Elland Road and join the top-flight outfit.
The forward’s future has come under the microscope in recent days amid strong interest from top-flight clubs, led by Burnley, who have set their sights on the Leeds spearhead after Andre selling Gray to Watford for £18million.
Sean Dyche’s side tabled a bid that for Wood on Tuesday morning that was knocked back by the Championship promotion hopefuls, while Brighton and West Brom have also submitted offers of £14million.
Wood is a wanted man following a brilliant 2016-17 campaign in which he scored 30 goals in all competitions, 27 of which came in the Championship.
Football Insider verdict:
Wood has backed himself to make a better fist of his second spell in the Premier League. At Elland Road, the forward is the main man, starts every match and the team is built around maximising his predatory penalty box presence. Would he be afford the same status at a top-flight club? It’s unlikely. Wood will remember from his Leicester days that it is no fun being way down the striker pecking order. Nevertheless, he is in the form of his life, at the peak of his powers and still has room for improvement. He has made up his mind to quit, and Leeds will sorely miss him.
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