Chris Wood to stay at Leeds United after club rejects Burnley's $21m bid
Leeds United are determined to keep Chris Wood after rejecting a $21 million bid by English Premier League club Burnley for the All Whites striker.
English newspapers reported that Burnley manager Sean Dyche wanted Wood to replace Andre Gray, who Burnley sold to EPL rivals Watford for $32 million.
But Leeds rejected the offer and manager Thomas Christiansen confirmed he wants to keep the 25-year-old Kiwi, who scored 27 goals in the English Championship second tier last year.
"Chris is very important and that is why he will not leave," Christiansen told The Guardian after Leeds' 0-0 draw with 10-man Preston North End on Sunday (NZ Time).
"Many bids can come, of course, he is a good striker. But if we want to achieve something this season, you cannot sell your best players. If we want to go up, we need to keep good players."
Wood, who scored 30 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions last season, is also on the radar of EPL clubs Southampton, Swansea, Brighton and Hove Albion, Stoke and
Southampton, Swansea, Brighton and Stoke have all been monitoring Wood and The Bleacher Report, an English football website, has also claimed West Bromwich Albion is interested in luring the New Zealander back to The Hawthorns.
Wood joined West Brom as a teenager and made his sole EPL appearance for the Midlands club as a 17-year-old in 2009.
The Waikato product scored in Leeds' 3-2 opening day win over Bolton Wanderers but could not find the target against Preston on Sunday.
Wood, who showed flashes of the talent that has piqued the EPL clubs' interest, came close to scoring in the final stages but was foiled by an excellent save by PNE keeper Chris Maxwell, who kept his club in the hunt with a string of important interventions.