We have known since this morning that Chris Wood will be leaving and we now know that it is very much the player who has made this call to leave. The striker has ruled himself out of the game tonight saying that he doesn’t “feel it right that (he) plays”.
Wood will be joining Burnley for a club record deal starting at £15 million and rising with add-ons. Leeds rejected the first two bids, starting at £12 million and now rising but a new contract offer couldn’t tempt Wood to stay and it seems the move, with wages reported to be at £50k per week tempting the New Zealand striker. In all honesty it is not only hard for the club to turn the money down if Wood wants to go, and you can’t blame Wood for wanting to go, given it’s reported to be an extra £30k per week.
The medical is set to be tomorrow according the Phil Hay and that comes from the Burnley end. Burnley are confident the deal will be completed in the next 48 hours and they will get their man. Wood’s departure will leave only one senior striker at the club, Caleb Ekuban, a player who hasn’t had a minute of League football in England, although he did score in the League Cup against Port Vale in the 4-1 win. Andrea Radrizzani now needs to put the money back into the playing squad, bearing in mind we also have money from the Charlie Taylor deal.