The only surprise is that it has taken this long for a Premier League side to take an interest in Leeds United’s 25-year-old striker Chris Wood. Swansea City jumped to the head of the queue for the New Zealand international, according to Wales Online, and are willing to meet the Yorkshire club’s £20m valuation.
While Chelsea’s very talented 19-year-old Tammy Abraham has joined on loan, new Swans boss Paul Clement wants a permanent solution. Wood has been prolific by every standard since leaving Leicester City.
Born in Auckland, Wood moved to Elland Road in July 2015 for a fee believed to be in the region of £3m. Since then, he has grabbed 43 goals in 85 appearances; 40 of them have come in the Championship, giving him a record of one goal every two games exactly.
It won’t be plain sailing for the Welsh club. Other Premier League sides are rumoured to be interested, not least of which is Newcastle United previously reported as interested in signing the striker last season and looking to follow up their pursuit as they seek to strengthen their title-winning side.
Wood has yet to comment on his future but the Elland Road outfit will not be willing sellers. However, at £20m there will be no shortage of buyers.