By Harry Sykes
The odds have narrowed on Middlesbrough signing Leeds United striker Chris Wood this summer, according to bookmakers.
Bet Victor priced the Championship club at 4/1 on Monday evening to prise Wood, 25, from Elland Road before the transfer window shuts next month.
Boro, who are managed by ex-Leeds boss Garry Monk, are ahead of a number of Premier League clubs in the betting for Wood, including Huddersfield, Everton, West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle.
Boro were not in the running to sign Wood at the end of May, when Stoke were 5/2 favourites to sign him, ahead of West Ham, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom.
The change in the market come after reports that Wood may be willing to quit Elland Road before the summer window shuts, with the media in his native New Zealand citing Monk’s exit as one of the chief reasons.
Wood had the best season of his career under the former Swansea manager last season as he topped the second-tier scoring charts with 27 goals, and plundered 30 in all competitions.
It has been reported that the forward is valued at £20million by Leeds after he made the three-man shortlist for the Championship player of the season before missing out to eventual winner Anthony Knockaert of Brighton.
Like Knockaet, Wood also struggled for game time at previous club Leicester but he has made a big impact at Leeds since joining for £3million in the summer of 2015.
The forward has two years remaining on his Elland Road contract.
In other Leeds transfer news, a left-back has headed to Elland Road as he aims to secure a permanent transfer from top-flight club.