Leeds United rebuff a second bid for striker Wood

Chris Wood at the final whistle against Fulham. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Chris Wood at the final whistle against Fulham. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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Leeds United have rejected a second bid from Burnley for Chris Wood in a move which could end the Premier League club’s interest in the striker.

Leeds formally turned down an increased offer after dismissing an initial £12m bid from Turf Moor last week.

Burnley targeted Wood after selling forward Andre Gray to Watford for £18m but Leeds appear determined to hold onto their leading goalscorer and Burnley reacted to the second rejection by bidding almost £12m for Deportivo La Coruna’s Florin Andone.

Wood, who started last night’s 0-0 draw with Fulham, raised his profile last season by scoring 30 goals as Leeds finished seventh in the Championship and reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup. The New Zealand international has two years left on his contract and Leeds are likely to look to extend his deal amid rising interest in his signature.

Speaking after United’s draw with Fulham, in which Wood missed another one-on-one chance, head coach Thomas Christiansen said: “I don’t know about the bids. I’m not listening to them. I’m just focused on Chris on the pitch.

“When he plays, he tries to do his best. If it’s right that we have these offers, because I don’t want to listen, then the president (Andrea Radrizzani) and Victor (sporting director Victor Orta) can talk about it.

“Of course it can influence (Wood’s thinking) a little bit, like all players when they speak about you. If they speak about the Premier League then that’s much more pressure but I believe he’ll score again soon.”