By Danny Wright
Leeds’ chances of keeping hold of striker Chris Wood have been boosted as Besiktas have now decided to switch their focus on signing Alvaro Negredo, according to a report.
Turkish-Football claims that the European side made a “breakthrough” in their hopes of signing the former Manchester City forward from Valencia on Tuesday, leading to their interest in Wood to fizzle out.
Fotomac recently reported that Turkish title-holders had been in negotiations with the Whites over a potential deal for the New Zealand international, but only valued him at £5.4million despite the Mirror claiming that the Yorkshire club want £20million for him.
However it now seems that Negredo has become Besiktas’ top target with Turkish-Football reporting that agent Ahmet Bulut has been handling negotiations in Spain for the Istanbul-based outfit.
It is understood that Besiktas will pull out of any talks for another striker should the former Middlesbrough loanee decide to sign.
However in a transfer twist, Leeds are still currently favourites to sign up Negredo themselves.
This is no doubt a massive boost for Leeds who have to keep hold of their key players in order to achieve their goals in the Championship next season.
Wood found the net on 30 occasions across all competitions for the Whites last term as Garry Monk led his side just short of a spot in the play-offs.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds cannot afford to lose Wood this summer, but they could still do with a back-up option. Defender Kyle Bartley was the Whites’ second highest scorer last season, which says it all about the lack of goals in Thomas Christiansen’s squad away from the Kiwi striker. Even though the Championship season starts against Bolton this weekend, Leeds still have to pull off a couple more deals to pad out their squad. A centre-back and left-back is still needed, as well as Wood’s back-up option. Negredo has been linked to Elland Road but they simply don’t need a prolific goal scorer like him as he’ll only get upset by the lack of chances in the squad if he was second choice to Wood.