Transfer latest: Leeds United turn down second bid for Chris Wood

Chris Wood scored 30 goals in the Championship last season
Chris Wood scored 30 goals in the Championship last season
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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 a increased offer this morning 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 from Elland Road by bidding almost £12m for Deportivo La Coruna’s Florin Andone today.

Wood, who is set to start against Fulham at Elland Road tonight, enhanced his reputation 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.

Head coach Thomas Christiansen insisted over the weekend that Wood would not be sold in this transfer window, saying: “ There’s no doubt that he’s (not) going to leave.

“They (other clubs) can come in with many bids - of course he’s a good striker - but I want him to stay and if we want to achieve something this season, you cannot sell your best players.

“I haven’t talked to the club about it but I imagine that they are as ambitious as I am. If we want to go up we need to keep the players. We also need to sign good players.

“Last year he was very important, the top scorer, and this season he will be important. He needs to do it on the pitch with good performances and scoring goals. That’s what we expect but he will, for sure, deliver.”