By Harry Sykes
Leeds United have lined up Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack and Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga as replacements for Chris Wood, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the Championship big hitters are set to sell Wood to Burnley for a fee of £15million plus add-ons.
It is said that Leeds will struggle to replace the goals of Wood, who was the division’s top scorer with 27 league goals last season, but Villa forward McCormack and Hamburg front man Lasogga are primed to join on what would be initial loans.
The Mail report that Leeds have accepted defeat in their bid to hang on to their prolific striker.
They had tried to stave off the interest by offering Wood a new three-year contract and increasing his £15,000 a week wages.
But Burnley manager has been determined in his pursuit of a player he regards as the perfect replacement for Andre Gray, who joined Watford for £18million last week.
Football Insider verdict:
By selling off the crown jewels and replacing him with two loanees, Leeds would barely be giving themselves a chance of securing the promotion that would enable them to climb aboard the Premier League gravy train. This potential plan reeks of short-termism and a massive gamble. Wood 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?
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