Burnley to up ante for Leeds striker

Chris Wood
Chris Wood

Burnley are to up the ante for Leeds United striker Chris Wood over the weekend.

The Clarets are expected to return with a third offer for the New Zealand captain, worth £15m plus add ons, and are confident they can strike a deal.

Leeds, meanwhile, are trying to stave off the interest by offering Wood a new three-year contract, which would extend his deal by a year to 2019 and up his wages, which are believed to be around £15,000 a week.

The former West Brom and Leicester frontman is already the Whites' top earner, and they remain determined to hold onto Sean Dyche's number one target.

Head coach Thomas Christiansen said: “My intention is to keep Chris with us. I believe more in the player than in the money and I believe that he can help the team to achieve our goals.

“Finally, what will happen, we will see but the club have made a good effort and offer to keep him.

“I’ve been speaking to him about the situation and telling him to be focused on what he has to do - be 100 per cent in the game against Sunderland, forget about all the rumours and try to do his best on the pitch. It will all be for his benefit.”