By Danny Wright
Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are not interested in raiding Leeds for Chris Wood, according to a reliable journalist.
Daily Mirror reporter David Anderson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Stoke and West Ham are still in pursuit of the 25-year-old, but Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield “are not in for” the striker.
Am told Huddersfield are not in for Leeds' striker Chris Wood. But Stoke and West Ham are keen on the prolific Kiwi striker.
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) June 12, 2017
The Sun has previously reported that a number of top-flight clubs are eager to sign Wood, who has had a very impressive season at Elland Road.
It is understood that Crystal Palace, Swansea, West Brom and Southampton are also vying for the attacker’s signature.
However Huddersfield were reported to be the favourites to land Wood and plotting a £15million bid, but in a major development, that no longer appears to be the case.
Wood has been in hot form for Leeds this season, scoring a stunning 30 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions as the Whites just missed out on a spot in the play-offs, which saw Huddersfield promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history.
He began his career in England with West Brom, who now appear to be keen on bringing him back to the Hawthorns, before being sold to Leicester in 2013.
The 48-times New Zealand international spent two years at the King Power before switching to Leeds on a four-year deal in 2015.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds simply have to keep hold of Wood if they want any chance of securing promotion back to the Premier League next season. It will be a hard job for Andrea Radrizzani to keep the ship together, as a number of leaks have appeared since he took majority ownership of the Yorkshire club. Garry Monk’s departure could sway Wood’s decision massively, because the striker has shown he has the capability to take the step up to the Premier League. It’s understandable that club’s are showing interest in the Kiwi, but it perhaps comes as a bit of a relief that he won’t be turning out for local rivals Huddersfield any time soon.
In other Leeds news, Monk has explained his decision to quit Elland Road.