NZ striker Wood joins EPL side Burnley for club-record fee

Ross Houston
August 21, 2017

The Clarets did not disclose the sum paid to Leeds but confirmed it was more than their previous record, around £13million for Robbie Brady from Norwich this year.

The New Zealand striker rose to prominence by finishing as the Championship's leading scorer with 27 goals last season and will now get his chance to shine in the top flight under Sean Dyche.

Fans have had their say on Twitter about the impending deal, with a mixed reaction to the news of Leeds interest in the youngster...

He wrote: "I want to thanks all the fans, players, coaches and management of Leeds United".

"Supporters can rest assured that monies generated from the sale of Chris Wood will be reinvested into adding to the 12 signings we have made already".

The Elland Road side aren't short of transfer targets and should a move for Gestede fall through they are also rumoured to be tracking Dutch Under-19 worldwide striker Jay Roy Grot of NEC according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Leeds are going to work in the transfer market and have been linked with having put in a bid of £6m to sign Gestede from Garry Monk's Boro.

"A profile like Chris Wood's is good to have but also players who can adapt, another type of player who can combine a little bit more and run deep".

Now, you might be sat there thinking the last thing Burnley need to be breaking their transfer record for is a big, ugly, entirely unproven striker from the league below and you know what, we might be entirely inclined to agree with you.

"The scenario is that we have high quality in our offensive line".

Christiansen insisted again that he accepted Wood's reasoning.

"Obviously some players have left us and I wanted to strengthen".

Sportsmail understands Burnley have tied Wood down to a four-year contract worth in the region of £35,000 a week. Again, no-one is above the club.

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