Wood joins Burnley from Leeds United in £15m transfer

Chris Wood has completed his transfer to Burnley from Leeds United, who will receive a fee of £15million for the player.

The Elland Road club were hugely reluctant to part with Wood, who was all set to play a key role in their quest for promotion from the Championship. The New Zealand international scored 27 league goals last season, and started this campaign with an opening day goal against Bolton Wanderers.

His form had inevitably attracted the interest of Premier League clubs, notably Burnley who are thought to have failed with two previous bids. But an offer of £15million was deemed too good for Leeds to refuse, and the 25-year-old has now signed a four-year contract after completing a medical with the Clarets.

“My ambition has been to play in the Premier League for years,” he told the official club website. “I feel I’ve got a proper opportunity to do that. This is a club that wants to stay in the Premier League for years to come and it’s going that way. The squad has done fantastically over the last couple of years.

“There have been some great additions this summer, which I’m sure has given everyone an added boost, to move forward and cement us as a Premier League team and looking on further up the league. The manager has given me a lot of confidence and backed me to bring me here, which is what you want.”

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