By Danny Wright
Besiktas have opened negotiations with Leeds in the hope of signing striker Chris Wood, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet Fotomac claims on their website that the the Turkish title-holders have asked the Whites about their pursuit of Alvaro Negredo to see if a potential move for Wood would be sped up.
It is said that Besiktas president Fikret Orman is pursuing several strikers this summer as his side prepare for their campaign in the Champions League.
The report adds that the Istanbul giants have been scouting Wood, 25, and have been impressed with what they have seen.
However Fotomac says that the market value of the New Zealand international is just £5.4million, but the Mirror has recently reported that Leeds rate their key attacker at £20million.
Wood scored 30 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions as Garry Monk’s men almost earned a spot in the Championship play-off spots.
The former West Brom and Leicester striker is now said to be attraction attention from a number of Premier League sides including Stoke, Swansea and Southampton.
Football Insider Verdict
If Leeds want to come anywhere near to earning promotion next season, they simply cannot afford to let Wood go. The target man is too vital to that squad, and without his goals last season Monk’s men would have been floundering near the bottom of the table. It remains to be seen if he can put two good seasons in a row under the leadership of Thomas Christiansen, but it simply isn’t worth taking the risk and cashing in on him just yet. Besiktas’ valuation of Wood is also well wide of the mark. Although his price has perhaps been bumped up because of the spending power in the Premier League, £5.4million is derisory, especially when you consider how much Middlesbrough paid for Britt Assombalonga.
In other Leeds news, this midfielder has found a new club after leaving Elland Road.