Evans ‘unaware’ of Wolves bid for Leeds striker Wood

Rob Conlon
Chris Wood: Striker has scored eight goals this season

Chris Wood: Striker has scored eight goals this season

Steve Evans says he is “unaware” of any firm bids for Chris Wood amid reports Wolves are interested in the Leeds striker.

Leeds beat off competition from Wolves to sign Wood in a £3million deal from Leicester City in the summer.

The 24-year-old has gone on to score eight goals in a struggling Whites team this term, but there are suggestions the Midlands club could bid again for the New Zealand international, having recently sold striker Benik Afobe to Bournemouth for £10million.

“When the transfer window opens and people come in and offer us a lot of money for Chris Wood – a lot more than the president paid for him – it shows you the value others place on him,” Evans told LUTV.

When asked whether the club had received a concrete offer, the Leeds manager replied: “I’m not aware of that.”

Wood has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the 2-2 draw with Derby County last month.

His presence was sorely missed in Leeds’ 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, where replacement Souleymane Doukara put in a lacklustre display.

“Chris was extremely close. If it had been Tuesday, Wednesday then he would have played,” Evans added.

“The medical team put it at a 90-10 chance and that means there’s a 10 per cent chance that he might damage his hamstring again.

“We’ve missed him for three weeks and we don’t want to be missing him for eight or nine. He’ll be back for Saturday all being well. I’m probably guilty of wanting him back out there more than anyone.”

One player on his way out of Elland Road is right-back Sam Byram, who is expected to complete his move to West Ham within the next 24 hours having turned down an approach from Everton.