Leeds respond after huge new Wood bid tabled - reliable journalist
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United rejected second bid for Chris Wood from Burnley this morning (Tuesday), according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account this evening that the Premier League club’s improved offer for the striker had been rejected and they are now looking at other forward options.
Second bid for Chris Wood for Burnley rejected by Leeds United this morning. Burnley looking at other options now. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 15, 2017
Express Sports weekend editor Joe Short claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that Burnley had lodged a bid of £20million for Wood in an attempt to solve their striker problem following the sale of Andre Gray to Watford last week.
Nevertheless, Hay’s update is that the Yorkshire giants are standing firm in their desire to hang on to their prize asset amid interest from not only Burnley but, as revealed by Football Insider, two other Premier League clubs, who have also tabled bids worth up to £14million.
Short reported on Twitter that Leeds were faced with a bid that gave them the opportunity to make Wood their second most expensive ever sale after the £32million fee that took Rio Ferdinand to Manchester United in November 2000.
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Burnley bid £20m for Chris Wood. Would make him Leeds’ second most expensive player sale, after Rio and ahead of Hasselbaink #lufc
— Joe Short (@_jshort) August 15, 2017
Wood is on the radar of the Premier League clubs after his sensational 2016-17 campaign, in which his Championship-high tally of 27 league goals nearly catapulted Leeds into the play-off places.
It has been reported that Leeds have lined up loan deals for Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds are holding firm for now. With Burnley going big to land Wood – the type of big Leeds have not experienced since they were selling off the crown jewels a decade-and-a-half ago – the club can cash in on their main asset, have a massive pile of cash and pull in a few striker loan deals to act as a sticking plaster in the hope of securing the promotion that would enable them to climb aboard the Premier League gravy train. That would be short-term thinking and a gamble too far. Yes, £20m is huge money, but could Leeds replace Wood’s goals with a super shrewd signing in a fortnight? Doubtful. The Kiwi is a proven Championship scorer with his peak years ahead of him. Yes, McCormack and Lasogga have impressive track records but they both had horrible 2016-17 seasons. Can they still cut it? Will they deliver the goods in 17-18?
In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Thomas Christiansen is lining up a move for a centre-back who is highly regarded and is captain of his club.