By Harry Sykes
A dramatic 72 hours in the life of Leeds United looks like coming to an end with Chris Wood finally making his move to Burnley on Monday.
Leeds rejected two offers for striker Chris Wood before accepting a third worth £15million plus add-ons, according to a report.
Phil Hay, the Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer, claimed that Wood will now join Burnley on Monday after a dramatic weekend that saw him refuse to sign a contract extension on Friday evening.
The contract extension was said to be for a new three-year deal.
Wood then stayed with the squad until just before kick-off but it is reported that manager Thomas Christiansen made the decision to omit him from the squad after hearing of his refusal to sign the new contract.
Wood then left the squad to undergo his medical with Burnley.
“I cannot tell you everything I know but it’s right that he had an offer, a very good offer [of a new contract]” Christiansen said.
“He rejected it and if he rejected that offer it means his mind is not on Leeds.
“I only count on players who want to fight for the shirt, the badge and their team-mates. That was behind the decision not to have him in the squad. He travelled because there was a possibility he might play.”
Wood has reportedly undergone a medical and it is expected that the announcement of his move to Burnley will be made shortly.
After the Sunderland game, which Leeds won 2-0, manager Christiansen said that they will move “fast” to sign a new striker, especially in light of the injury to stand-in Caleb Ekuban.
Football Insider verdict:
This news sheds more light on the dramatic deal that will see Leeds’ goal-scoring sensation move to Burnley. Leeds fans will be pleased that the club tried to do everything to get him to stay, with a new three-year deal on the table for him. Then, when it appeared he was adamant about leaving, the club stuck to their guns to get the best deal possible. £15million plus add-ons is a fair price and Christiansen has revealed that they are now going to work fast to bring in a replacement. Lots of names have been mentioned but one that keeps cropping up is Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Bundesliga outfit Hamburg. Leeds are looking to cut a deal for him which would include the Bundesliga side contributing to his wages, and this would be a great deal. Lasogga has played at the highest level domestically and should guarantee a similar return to Wood. One thing the fans should take heart in is that the club is going about this mess in the most professional manner possible.
In other Leeds transfer news, another senior player is set to leave the club shortly.