By Wayne Veysey

26th Apr, 2017 | 12:51pm

Report: London giants in bid to beat PL rivals to Leeds ace, £15m to seal the deal

By Alex Stevens

West Ham are in hot pursuit of Leeds United striker Chris Wood, according to a report.

Football London claim the Hammers are weighing up a summer swoop for the Championship leading scorer as they aim to strengthen their attacking options in the forthcoming window.

It is said that Everton and Stoke are also keeping close tabs on Wood, whose goalscoring exploits are making the Premier League clubs sit up and take notice.

Football London report that West Ham have one advantage in the race in that the 25-year-old is close to their centre-back Winston Reid.

The pair both hail from New Zealand, with Reid the captain of the country’s team and Wood his vice-captain.

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Wood has emerged as Leeds’ prize asset on the back of a season in which his goalscoring exploits have been key to their against-the-odds promotion charge.

The forward, who joined from Leicester in the summer of 2015, has scored 28 goals in 46 matches in all competitions, 25 of which have come from 42 league games.

Wood has two years remaining on his contract but Leeds could find it difficult to hang on to him as they now face an uphill task to make the play-offs.

Garry Monk’s side have fallen to three points outside the play-off spots with two matches of the campaign remaining.

West Ham’s status as an established Premier League club and their London destination could be in their favour should they ramp up their Wood pursuit.

In other Leeds United news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.

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