Report details how much Chris Wood will earn at Burnley after completing Leeds exit
By Danny Wright
Burnley have completed the signing of Chris Wood from Leeds, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Whites have pocketed £15million from the exit of Wood, 25, who has penned a four-year deal at Turf Moor worth £7.3million.
It is understood that the New Zealand international has more than doubled his wages by leaving Elland Road, vastly improving on his £15,000 weekly pay packet in the Championship to one worth £35,000 a week with the Clarets.
The report says that Wood underwent a medical with Burnley on Sunday after he ruled himself out of Leeds’ 2-0 win over Sunderland due to the speculation that was surrounding him.
The news is no doubt a major blow to Leeds’ hopes of finally securing a return to the Premier League this season, with the former West Brom and Leicester striker scoring 30 goals for them across all competitions last season.
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He started off this season in a similar vein of form, finding the net in the opening day win over Bolton.
However Wood, who has been a mainstay at Elland Road in recent seasons, has failed to score in his final two appearances for Leeds, who will now be likely be aiming to reinvest the money garnered from his sale back in the squad.
Football Insider Verdict
With Wood now gone, it’s time for Leeds to start looking at a replacement. However they shouldn’t fall into the trap of spending the money all at once and should look to keep some in their back pocket until January comes around as injuries and suspensions might be plaguing the squad by then. Obviously the Whites will need a new striker. Caleb Ekuban looks decent enough to stand in for the time being, but Leeds really need someone who is proven in the Championship. Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack both seem to be unwanted at their respective clubs and could be ideal for the Whites. However both will likely demand big wages. It’s going to be a tough few weeks at Elland Road.