All Whites striker Chris Wood reportedly remains target for multiple Premier League clubs

Kiwi striker Chris Wood is being chased by multiple Premier League clubs, reports suggest.
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Kiwi striker Chris Wood is being chased by multiple Premier League clubs, reports suggest.

All Whites striker Chris Wood is being targeted by at least four English Premier League clubs, reports out of the UK suggest.

Wood, who will captain the national team at the upcoming Confederations Cup after another injury to West Ham United star Winston Reid, enjoyed a superb season with Leeds United.

The 25-year-old frontman netted 30 goals in all competitions for the Championship outfit in 2016-17, helping him scoop the club's player of the year award and a spot in the English second-tier league's team of the season.

Despite the outstanding form of Wood, Leeds' poor finish to their campaign meant they were unable to earn promotion and speculation continues to mount about his potential departure to a Premier League club.

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Several outlets were all reporting the Auckland-born marksman was being lined up by multiple teams in the hugely popular and lucrative competition.

"West Ham and Stoke are leading the chase for Leeds' £15million-rated striker Chris Wood," The Mirror said, placing his value at around NZ$28 million.

"Wood is hot property after banging in 30 goals during the Elland Road side's failed bid to reach the Championship play-offs.

"While the Hammers and Potters are both keen on the 25-year-old New Zealand international, Southampton are also interested."

Speculation went even further in The Sun as they suggested Swansea were also interested in securing Wood's services and placed a 20 million pound value on him.

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The Daily Star indicated West Ham, where he could link up with New Zealand team-mate Reid, and Stoke were leading the race to put pen to paper with Wood, who has previously played in the EPL with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester.

"He's had the season of his life and knows this is the time to cash in and get back into the top flight," the publication quoted as source close to Wood saying.

"In an ideal world he'd like to have done this with Leeds, but sadly it hasn't happened. But he believes he can be successful in the Premier League and wants another chance to prove himself."

The talk, however, comes after Wood appeared to recently suggest he would be staying put at Leeds, where he has two years remaining on his contract.

Wood has openly spoken about what manager Garry Monk has done for his form and confidence and indicated he wanted to achieve more at the club.

"I've been working hard all season to do what we have been doing, trying to get promoted to the Premier League," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post

"It's been a great season at the end of the day and we're all looking to build next season now."

 - Stuff

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