Leeds United midfielder backing striker to weigh in with the goals

Chris Wood controls a high ball against Fulham at Elland Road on Tuesday night. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Chris Wood controls a high ball against Fulham at Elland Road on Tuesday night. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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Gianni Alioski tipped Chris Wood to weigh in with another big haul of goals this season as Leeds United continued to stand firm on their insistence that the striker is not for sale.

Alioski expressed his desire to see Wood remain at Elland Road following United’s rejection of two bids from Burnley for their existing player of the year.

Leeds United's Gianni Alioski is backing striker Chris Wood to net another big goals haul. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Leeds United's Gianni Alioski is backing striker Chris Wood to net another big goals haul. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Burnley tempted Leeds with an offer of £12m plus add-ons for Wood last week, a bid which Leeds rejected immediately, and followed up that approach with an improved proposal.

Their second bid was turned down on Tuesday morning, ahead of United’s goalless draw with Fulham.

The interest from Turf Moor materialised on the back of the New Zealand international’s 30-goal return last season but Wood, who has scored once in three outings this term, looks increasingly likely to remain with Leeds beyond the summer transfer deadline. Burnley have now turned their attention to signing Deportivo La Coruna’s Florin Andone.

He was guilty of passing up two golden opportunities in United’s goalless draws against Preston North End and Fulham but winger Alioski, whose header laid on Wood’s opening-day finish in a 3-2 win at Bolton Wanderers, said: “He’s a good player. Last year he had 27 (league) goals and that’s not easy. I think also this year he will score the goals. We see that he always has chances to score and he will score.”

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