By Danny Wright
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian are planning on making Leeds striker Chris Wood their next transfer target, according to a report.
ESPN have claimed that sources close to the player have said that the New Zealand international is top of their shopping list following the reported failed captures of Radamel Falcao, Edison Cavani, Karim Benzema and Diego Costa.
Tianjin, who are managed by Italian World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, have already been busy this month when they signed Axel Witsel from Zenit St. Petersburg.
Due to Chinese Super League rules, clubs are only allowed a maximum of three non-Chinese players in their team, leading to the club releasing last season’s top goalscorer Luis Fabiano in a bid to acquire the services of a new striker.
Wood is now touted to fill the void left by the Brazilian and has scored 17 goals for the Yorkshire club this campaign as they look to return to the top flight.
The 25-year-old target man began his career at Waikato in his native New Zealand before moving to his first of 10 English clubs, West Bromwich Albion, in 2009.
The striker left the Baggies for Leicester City in 2013 before moving to his current club Leeds in 2015 for a fee of £3million.
Football Insider Verdict
Chris Wood has been magnificent for Leeds this season and it was ultimately a matter of time before a club came in with an offer for him, but no one expected it to be one of the ultra-rich Chinese clubs. Leeds cannot afford to let Wood leave, however the money that they would receive from this deal would be extremely hard to turn down for a Championship club. Leeds are more than just a one man team and their recruitment lately has been brilliant. All players are replaceable and the Leeds fans should trust Garry Monk to bring in someone who can provide the number of goals Wood has this term.
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