Leeds want to sign proven goalscorer regardless of star Wood's future - report
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds want to bring proven goalscorer Ross McCormack back to the club regardless of the future of current star Chris Wood, according to a report.
Football news outlet TeamTalk have claimed on their website that the Whites have contacted he representatives of the Aston Villa 30-year-old over a loan return to the club amid fears that Wood could leave for the Premier League.
However, it is also stated in the report that the Yorkshire giants’ move for McCormack is not dependant on whether Wood departs Elland Road.
The Scotsman has more than proven his goal scoring ability in the Championship despite a struggling year at Aston Villa with 120 strikes in 333 appearances in England’s second tier.
He has also spent four years at Leeds between 2010 and 2014, where he returned 58 goals in 157 encounters, but it is detailed that he is a divisive figure among the club’s fan base due to the way in which he left the club in an £11million deal to Fulham three years a go.
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McCormack, who has three years remaining on his contract at Villa Park has not yet appeared for Steve Bruce’s side this season, while Wood is already on the goal charts after his effort in the 3-2 victory over Bolton.
Football Insider verdict:
Having both McCormack and Wood in the Leeds attack would prove a certain threat to a number of Championship sides. However, one potential problem for the Whites is they currently play a one up top formation and the Scotsman is unlikely to join on the prospect of sitting on the Elland Road bench. Therefore, if the club were to bring him in then they would most certainly have to adapt their formation to accommodate the two forwards. Additionally, McCormack is likely to command a big wage, meaning that if Wood doesn’t leave then this season could be make or break for Leeds financially.
In other Leeds transfer news, Thomas Christiansen gave a frank response to speculation surrounding Wood.