Burnley Set To Finally Land Wood As Kiwi Rejects Leeds Contract Offer


Days after it seemed dead in the water, Burnley’s determined pursuit of Leeds United striker Chris Wood is set to pay dividends.

The Clarets expect to complete the deal on Monday with £15m as the down-payment on the 25-year-old New Zealand international heading to Elland Road, reports the Lancashire Telegraph. Leeds had been steadfast in their refusal to negotiate but when Wood rejected a contract extension, the Yorkshire club felt they had no option but to talk.

He’s the second player to trek across the Pennines after full back Charlie Taylor joined Burnley earlier this summer.

It’s a move which takes one of the Championship’s most prolific strikers into the Premier League. A journeyman striker with spells at West Brom, Barnsley, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol City, Millwall, Leicester and Ipswich, Wood’s record was unimpressive until he moved to Elland Road; 41 goals in 81 appearances over the past two seasons underlines why Sean Dyche is so keen on taking the Kiwi to Turf Moor.

Wood has featured in the top flight previously. One appearance for West Bromwich Albion and seven for Leicester City yielded a single goal against Everton in August 2014 at the King Power Stadium.

A medical is arranged for Sunday with Wood set for his debut in the Carabao Cup derby against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night.