Leeds United have rejected a £12 million bid for striker Chris Wood from Premier League side Burnley, as confirmed by journalist Phil Hay on Twitter.

Wood, 25, is a key player for Leeds and the club are very keen on keeping hold of him this summer.  The striker played the full 90 minutes of Leeds’ opener against Bolton Wanderers, showing just how important he is to the club by getting a goal and an assist.

Burnley are currently in the market for a new striker following the sale of Andre Gray.  Gray has completed a £18.5 million move to Burnley’s Premier League rivals Watford, leaving the Clarets short in attack.  With the new Premier League season kicking off tonight, Burnley will want to move fast to sign a replacement.

Since signing for Leeds in July 2015, Wood has made 86 appearances and scored 44 goals for the club in all competitions.  Last season, Wood bettered his first season’s total of 13 by scoring 30 goals as Leeds narrowly missed out on a play-off place.  This tally was enough for him to win the Championship Golden Boot.

Leeds signed Wood for a fee believed to be around £3 million, so would have been set to make a healthy profit on the player if they had accepted Burnley’s bid.  However, Wood will be a key player if Leeds are to challenge for promotion this season so his club are understandably keen on keeping him.

Leeds would want a lot more money from Burnley to consider selling Wood but are not encouraging any more bids from the club.


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