Date: 21st August 2017 at 5:42pm
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By Harry Sykes

It hasn’t taken long for Leeds to get on with the task of trying to replace striker Chris Wood at Elland Road.

Wood confirmed his move to Burnley on Monday afternoon and the news was announced on the official Leeds Twitter account.

Phil Hay, who works for the Yorkshire Evening Post, said that the deal was for £15million but could rise to as much as £18million with add-ons.

Guardian journalist Ed Aarons then announced that the club had put a £6million bid in for Middlesborough striker Rudy Gestede.

However, Phil Hay poured cold water on this later on Monday, saying that Middlesborough weren’t keen on selling Gestede to their Championship rivals.

He said that according to his contacts, Middlesborough had rejected the opening offer from Leeds.

It remains to be seen whether Leeds will go back in with an improved offer or look for different striker targets.

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen has said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that he would move “fast” to reinvest the money from Chris Wood.

Wood scored 30 goals in all competitions for Leeds last season and was a big part of their promotion push which ended in heartache late on.

Leeds managed without their talisman on Saturday, beating Sunderland 2-0 with goals from Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas, but Christiansen will be keen to replace Wood with another prolific striker before the end of the transfer window.

In other Leeds news, it has been revealed how much Wood will be earning at Turf Moor following his exit from the Whites.

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