By Wayne Veysey

16th Jan, 2017 | 11:25am

Report: Leeds slap mega price tag on first teamer, send warning to Premier League clubs

By Alex Stevens

Leeds have slapped a £15million price tag on Chris Wood amid interest from West Ham and Sunderland, according to a report.

ESPN FC claim the Premier League duo are eying the prolific Elland Road front man following his inspired form this season.

It is said that Leeds have responded to the interest by placing a mega valuation of £15million on the player, a sum so high that it has been bettered by only one transfer fee the club have ever received, the £32million paid by Manchester United for Rio Ferdinand in 2002.

ESPN report that Leeds’ price tag has “warned clubs off” the New Zealand international as they attempt to hold on to one of the key men in their promotion surge.

Wood has overcome a sticky start to the season to score 17 goals in 29 games in all competitions this season, with 14 of the strikes coming in 25 league encounters.

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It is enough to place the striker, 25, near the top of the Championship scoring charts, with his tally bettered only by Dwight Gayle (20), Glenn Murray (15) and Tammy Abraham (15).

West Ham have made it clear they are in the market for a new striker during this month’s transfer window, but have yet to push through a deal, while Sunderland need cover for main man Jermain Defoe.

Football Insider verdict:

At first glance, £15m might appear a fanciful valuation of a player who was so heavily criticised by his own fans in the early weeks of the season. But Wood has been revived by Monk and his coaching staff, and is developing into a striker every Championship club would love to have in their ranks. The jury is out on whether the strapping spearhead has the technical ability and movement to prove as much of a thorn to top-flight defences, but he is young – Wood only turned 25 last month – and has his best years ahead of him.

In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.

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