Leeds boost after speculation £20m talisman is heading for the Premier League – reports
By Matt Farr
Leeds United have not received any bids for star striker Chris Wood, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that the Championship club have seen no formal offers tabled for the 27-year-old, despite reports of interest from top-flight clubs.
It had earlier been reported by the Mirror that West Ham, Stoke and Southampton led a Premier League contingent looking to sign the New Zealand international this summer.
Meanwhile, the Sun suggest that ‘it would be a major surprise if he was not playing in the Premier League next season’, however, the latest report suggests Leeds beg to differ.
Football Insider also exclusively revealed that Wood was on the radar of Everton, who unlike their rivals, could offer the striker European football next season.
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The 27-year-old has caught the eye of a number of top flight sides after scoring a sensational 30 goals from 48 appearances in all competitions.
Leeds’ failure to secure promotion to the Premier League has raised questions over the future of Wood at Elland Road, and it remains to be seen if Leeds will be able to fend-off interest.
But the latest report suggests that Leeds remain in the driving seat to keep hold of Wood this summer, with a so-called bidding war yet to commence.
Football Insider verdict
It’s good news for Leeds on the transfer front, but it might not last very long. The summer transfer window hasn’t even opened yet, and Leeds still have several months to keep the Premier League’s elite at bay. There’s no denying that Wood isn’t worth a move to the top flight, as his stunning performances over the course of the campaign have proved he is worth the hype as a prolific goalscorer. But money so often does the talking, and if offered £20million, Leeds could well give in to temptation. Yes, they could lose their top goalscorer and talisman, but the funds raised from his sale could go a long way in return.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have been installed as strong favourites to sign this 28-year-old ace.