By Alex Stevens
Leeds could be in trouble if they lose £15million-rated leading scorer Chris Wood, according to a reliable journalist covering the club.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay admitted his concern on Twitter at the possibility that the promotion hopefuls fail to sign proven cover for Wood in the final week of the January window.
Leeds are in the market for a new striker and have been strongly linked to West Ham’s Ashley Fletcher but have not yet been able to seal a deal.
Hay took to his personal Twitter account on Tuesday to admit “it’s the possibility of losing Wood that worries me” and that, for Leeds it was a “big risk to go without cover with no loan window to fall back on”.
@WilsonLeeds84 it’s the possibility of losing Wood that worries me. Big risk to go without cover with no loan window to fall back on
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 24, 2017
Leeds manager Garry Monk has made it clear his priority in the next week is attacking reinforcements, with a new striker “definitely” on the agenda as cover is sought for Wood, who took his tally for the season to 19 with his double in the 3-2 defeat to Barnsley on Saturday.
It has been widely reported that Leeds are still working on deals to sign Fletcher and Norwich winger Canos but neither transfer is yet close to materialising.
Wood’s important to the Elland Road cause is clear from the club’s leading scorers list for the season, with the forward 15 goals clear of the closest rivals Souleymane Doukara and Kyle Bartley, who have both scored on four occasions.
The New Zealand international’s prolific form has prompted reports of interest from Premier League duo West Ham and Sunderland, as well as, somewhat improbably, from China.
Mail reported Jack Gaughan reported on his personal Twitter account that Leeds rebuffed the interest and added they have placed a £15million valuation on Wood.
Couple of clubs asked tentative question re Chris Wood. Leeds laughed them off, value him at £15m given Hogan numbers.
— Jack Gaughan (@Jack_Gaughan) January 19, 2017
The Mail reporter explained that Leeds’ price tag has partly been determined by the “numbers” of the fee West Ham are expected to pay their Championship rivals Brentford for striker Scott Hogan, with talks centred on a deal worth around £13-15million.
Wood is expected to spearhead the Leeds attack when they host Nottingham Forest in the Championship at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
The Yorkshire outfit are fourth in the table ahead of the clash, 15 places clear of managerless and crisis-torn Forest.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.