Leeds United: Striker search - who should Whites chase as replacement for Wood?

CANDIDATE: Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira, left, could fit the bill to replace Chris Wood.
CANDIDATE: Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira, left, could fit the bill to replace Chris Wood.
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AS CHRIS WOOD nears his £15m plus add-ons move to Burnley, Lee Sobot looks at a handful of possible candidates that could replace the New Zealand international.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga

Has to be top of the list as United are known to be keen on the 25-year-old Hamburg striker who has previously been on the fringes of the German national side.

Hamburg are prepared to let Lasogga leave but his reported £50,000 a week wages could provide a huge stumbling block to any move to Elland Road.

Six-foot two Lasogga has scored 28 goals in 103 games for Hamburg, netting eight times in Bundesliga last term. A gamble, even if a move is doable.

Nelson Oliveira

Netted 15 times for Norwich City last season, including when bagging a brace in the 3-3 draw at Elland Road last April.

Oliveira showed his frustration at being left out of the Canaries team on the opening day of the season when racing over to manager Daniel Farke after netting a late equaliser at Fulham and taking his shirt off to remind his boss of his name on the back.

Oliveira, 26, has been capped 16 times by the Portugal national side.

Would be a fairly exciting signing to replace Wood like for like.

Kenneth Zohore

Bagged 14 goals last season for Cardiff who are the early front runners at the top of the Championship.

But 23-year-old Danish under-21 international Zohore is already attracting interest from clubs in the Premier League with Brighton having reportedly made a £10m bid.

Might prove out of United’s league.

Jordan Hugill

Preston North End’s top goalscorer last season when netting 13 times in all competitions.

Hugill, 25, has already netted three times this season and the six-foot-forward performed with credit in an isolated role during North End’s recent goalless draw at Elland Road.

The sort of striker where wages and agreeing a reasoanable fee would seem unlikely to be an issue.

An obvious candidate.

Ross McCormack

Netted 58 goals for Leeds in four years at the club between 2010 and 2014 before joining Fulham for £11m.

The 31-year-ild is now at Aston Villa but out of the picture after run-ins with Villa boss Steve Bruce and spent the second half of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest.

Yet to make a single appearance for Villa this season.

No surprise to see him linked with a move back to Elland Road.

Jonathan Kodjia

A team-mate of McCormack’s at Aston Villa who the Midlands outfit signed for £11m from Bristol City last summer.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kodjia netted 22 times last season but the forward is currently out injured and has yet to play so far this season.

But a big part of Villa’s plans making a moveto Leeds unlikely.

Jordan Rhodes

Prolific in the Championship and the 27-year-old has been touted as a potential replacement for Wood but Rhodes has only been at Sheffield Wednesday for six months after leaving Middlesbrough, initially on loan in February.

Joined the Owls for £10m and on big wages so probably a no.

Nahki Wells

Struck 18 times to help Huddersfield Town to the play-offs and ultimately promotion from the Championship last term.

But the 27-year-old Bermuda international has yet to make an appearance for the Terriers in the top flight.


Sam Gallagher

The 21-year-old Southampton forward spent last season on loan at Blackburn and did well to net 12 goals considering Rovers’ relegation.

The six-foot-four striker is now back at Southampton but the former England under-20 is not getting a look in.

Has Championship experience and could fit the bill.

Chuba Akpom

A similar sort to Gallagher in the sense of being a young striker who is not getting much of an opportunity in the Premier, only in this case with Arsenal.

Reported in the national media over the weekend that Leeds could look at the 21-year-old who has already had loan spells at Brentford, Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Brighton where Akpom spent the second half of last season.

Has scored three goals in five games for England’s under-21s but only seven goals 77 appearances in league football.

Lasse Vibe

The 30-year-old Danish international notched 16 times for Brentford last season, scoring when the Bees defeated Leeds 2-0 at Griffin Park in April.

Has had a frustrating start to the new season with Brentford who currently sit bottom.

Could be a decent shout as someone who will not be super expensive.

Clayton Donaldson

The 33-year-old has been at Birmingham City since 2014, netting 34 goals in 117 games.

Not exactly prolific but not blessed with great service either and it has been suggested in some quarters that Donaldson could thrive at Leeds given better service.

The Bradford-born footballer has friends and family that support the Whites.

Clearly not a £15m replacement for Wood but a potential option nonetheless.

Troy Deeney

Has scored 106 goals in 303 games for Watford and has formerly been prolific in the Championship, scoring in excess of 20 goals for the Hornets in the second tier for three seasons in a row.

Yet to feature for Watford under their new management this season but made 43 appearances last season and netted 13 goals in the Premier League.

Deeney’s late father Paul supported Leeds and the striker was linked with a move to the Whites back in May.

Perhaps the most likely of all the other ‘big names’ in the Premier League suggested for Leeds and there have been a few.