Well, this is terrible news.
The Mirror is currently reporting that Leeds United striker Chris Wood is on his way to Burnley in deal that is allegedly worth £15 million plus add-ons. Burnley had already submitted two bids for Chris Wood that had been rejected, but it the Mirror is to be believed, Wood has decided to move on to Burnley and join snake Charlie Taylor in the Premier League.
Leeds United and the management of the club had been insistent that Wood was not going to be sold during the summer transfer window, with Head Coach Thomas Christiansen even stating a few days ago that Wood was not for sale for any price.
The Mirror, however, is reporting that a fee has been agreed the big Kiwi is on his way to Burnley for a medical in the morning, leaving Leeds in a lurch as they now only have Souleymane Doukara and Caleb Ekuban as the only recognized strikers on roster.
I agree with Jack that this is far too low a price for Leeds to be selling Wood for. I’ve beaten this point to death but if Britt Assombalonga is worth £15 million, then Wood should be worth at least double that.
I hope the Mirror has jumped the gun and that this report is proven to be bogus in the morning, but as for right now we have to believe it until the team comes out at Sunderland or the club makes a statement in the morning.
The initial price may end up being a bit misleading, but the writing was on the wall about Chris Wood possibly moving on as soon as the news hit earlier today that the club was offering him a new contract. Burnley, with its television money and fee from selling Andre Gray to Watford FC earlier in the window, would always be able to afford paying Wood a larger salary than Leeds could possibly afford.
Wood is replaceable, of course, but it’s worrying that the only name that has emerged from the rumor mill has been a washed-up striker from Hamburger SV that they apparently can’t get rid of fast enough, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and former striker Ross McCormack, who is 30 years old, has burned all of his bridges on the way out of his past few clubs and only scored three times last season at Aston Villa.
Maybe the club has a replacement lined-up that will shock us all. After all, Orta and his scouts have tons of contacts in Spain, but for right now, this is awful news.
Drink up Leeds fans, it might be one of those years.