It’s the news we all didn’t want to hear, and it’s the news we least need with the season already started. Burnley have made their first move for New Zealand skipper Chris Wood today by offering £12 million. Leeds have rejected the bid, but Burnley have money to burn.
The news comes just two days after Burnley sold Andre Gray to Watford for around £19 million. Sean Dyche is looking to replace Gray and they have come knocking for last seasons top scorer in the Championship. Wood netted an impressive 27 times in the league and 30 including the cups, a rare thing at this level. On top of that he scored in the Confederations Cup in Russia, showing he may have more to offer than just the Championship. Leeds have a bar already set, £14 million for Britt Assombalonga who scored half the goals of Wood, is injury prone and only stayed in the Championship.
It would be naïve to think that Burnley won’t come back in for the player and we are now in a similar situation to Liverpool with their star man. Will Wood want to go? That’s another situation entirely, if he does then Burnley will know it’s a game of patience but if they haven’t already spoken to Wood he may feel like it’s not the right move for him. I am of the belief that in football’s current era, if a club goes in for a player they already know he is willing to join their club and that it’s simply agreeing a deal with his club. It will be very interesting to see if Wood starts against Preston tomorrow off the back of this news.