Premier League club Burnley have roped in forward Chris Wood in one of the best transfers of the season. The New Zealand forward was brought in from Championship side Leeds United for a club record transfer fee of £14.76m. Wood thus becomes the 6th summer signing for The Clarets.
The 25-year old had been a star since moving to Elland Road in the summer of 2015. In his 88 appearances for The Whites, Wood has scored 44 times. He was a star last season, scoring 30 goals in 48 matches in all competitions. He was the main force behind Leeds United staying in contention for promotion back to the Premier League before narrowly missing out of the play-offs, finishing 7th behind Fulham. He was the highest scorer in the Championship last season with 27 goals.
He arrives at Turf Moor on a 4 year contract and was presented as a Burnley player on Monday. The club released a statement expressing their excitement of the new signing.
“Burnley Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of striker Chris Wood from Leeds United for a club record fee.” Wood was also delighted at having won the prospect of playing in the Premier League again and he expressed the same while talking to the reporters.
“My ambition has been to play in the Premier League for years,” the Auckland born player told Clarets Player HD. “I’ve had tastes of being in there but I’ve never had the chance to give it a proper bash. Coming here I feel I’ve got a proper opportunity to do that. I’ve never started a Premier League game and this what I want to do. This is a club that wants to stay in the Premier League for years to come and it’s going that way.”
He was also quoted as all praise for his new manager Sean Dyche, “The manager has given me a lot of confidence and backed me to bring me here, which is what you want.” The Kiwi striker has won promotion to the Premier League twice with both Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion in the past.
He has also donned the All Whites 52 times, scoring 20 goals. He has played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup where he scored a memorable goal against Mexico.
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