Leeds United have offered Chris Wood a new three-year contract in an attempt to draw a line under speculation about the striker after two failed bids from Burnley.
Leeds are looking to tie Wood to improved terms before the transfer deadline and kill the threat of fresh offers for him after resisting Burnley’s attempts to take him from Elland Road.
The Turf Moor club began the bidding last week with a £12m plus add-ons offer and increased their valuation after Leeds refused to consider the initial approach.
United turned down Burnley’s second bid on Tuesday, prior to their Championship game against Fulham, and are now looking to extend the striker’s existing deal which runs until 2019.
Wood put pen to paper on a four-year contract when Leeds signed him from Leicester City for £3m in 2015.
The club’s board have agreed extensions with several other first-team players over the summer, including lengthy deals handed to Liam Cooper and Eunan O’Kane last week, but the proposal put to Wood comes against the backdrop of serious interest in his signature.
The forward, who is already United’s highest earner, has played in all three of their league games this season and is part of the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Sunderland.
Speaking ahead of the game at the Stadium of Light, head coach Thomas Christiansen warned again that cashing in on the New Zealand international - the scorer of 30 goals last season - would be a mistake, saying: “My intention is to keep Chris with us. I believe more in the player than in the money and I believe that he can help the team to achieve our goals.
“Finally, what will happen, we will see but the club have made a good effort and offer to keep him.
“I’ve been speaking to him about the situation and telling him to be focused on what he has to do - be 100 per cent in the game against Sunderland, forget about all the rumours and try to do his best on the pitch. It will all be for his benefit.”
Leeds have been looking at additional strikers throughout the transfer window, signing Caleb Ekuban from Chievo but missing out on Ashley Fletcher who left West Ham United for Middlesbrough in a £6m deal.
Leeds have expressed a firm interest in Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who is fifth choice and surplus to requirements at the Bundesliga side, but his £50,000-a-week wage is as a major obstacle to a move to Elland Road.
United’s hierarchy remain adamant that Wood will not be sold and the failure of Burnley’s second bid saw the Premier League side, who pulled in £18m from their recent sale of Andre Gray to Watford, turn their attention to Deportivo La Coruna’s Romanian forward Florin Andone instead.
The club’s attempt to land Andone, however, has failed to progress and Burnley are reportedly set to submit a third bid for Wood over the weekend.
Christiansen insisted that Leeds would be prepared if a club weighed in with a late offer which the club felt compelled to accept.
“First we have to know when he goes or if he goes,” Christiansen said. “If he does we will have someone else in mind.”