Sky Sports: Leeds in contract talks with striker
By Danny Wright
Leeds have tabled a three-year contract extension for Chris Wood, according to a report.
Sky Sports News claimed on their official Twitter account on Friday that the Whites had stepped up their hopes of keeping hold of the prolific striker by opening contract talks in light of recent bids from Premier League sides.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 18, 2017
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account earlier this week that Burnley had a second bid knocked back by Leeds as they looked for Wood to fill the void left by Andre Gray, who has now signed for Watford.
This latest news will no doubt cause Leeds fans to lose their minds with it showing the club’s intentions of keeping hold of a player who is no doubt their most valuable asset.
Wood is currently contracted until 2019, but if he was to agree this latest deal, he would be tied down at Elland Road until 2022.
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Without Wood’s goals last season, it’s likely that the Yorkshire giants would have fell well short of the seventh place they did achieve with the New Zealand international firing on all cylinders.
Although he has scored just once goal in his opening three fixtures of this season, Wood netted an incredible 30 times in 48 appearances last season, winning the Championship golden boot thanks to his 27 strikes in the league.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds cannot afford to lose Wood and it’s a great move for them to try and keep hold of the New Zealand international on a long-term deal. He would effectively sign a five-year contract by agreeing to this latest offer and that would increase his market value by a lot. £20million is a figure that has previously been mentioned, but with such a long contract, the Whites could demand far more than that if they wished. This is a sign that Andrea Radrizzani is doing all the right things at Elland Road as star players have previously left prematurely as they haven’t been tied down to a long enough deal.
In other Leeds news, a defender has confirmed that he has agreed to sign for the Whites.