News came out late last night that some Premier League clubs including West Ham United and Southampton were in a “battle” to land Leeds United’s New Zealand captain Chris Wood. The striker bagged 30 goals for Leeds last season, 27 in the league and interest is probably high.
The news originally came from the Daily Express but has been ruled out for the time being by a reliable and local source in the Yorkshire Evening Post. The Evening Post’s Lee Sobot tweeted today,
“The YEP understands that #lufc have received no bids for striker Chris Wood, despite talk of £20m battle between interested clubs in Prem.”
It’s easy to link a player who has had a fantastic season to other clubs and it isn’t a surprise. Chris Wood seems very happy at Leeds and has had his best ever season in professional football. On top of that Wood has become a fans favourite at the club after a very tough spell at the start of the season. Wood had to fight for his place after losing out to Marcus Antonsson who eventually struggled to get into the side as the season went on. He won the Player and Players Player of the Year award and is set to be the most important player at the club again next season.
Wood arrived from Leicester City under Uwe Rosler as Leeds’ most expensive signing in over a decade for around £3 million. He scored his first Leeds goal in a 2-2 away game in Bristol and then scored the again in the local Derby against Sheffield Wednesday. He had a tough first season but began scoring towards the end of the season and has pushed on under Garry Monk and James Beattie’s guidance.