English Premiership

Wood joins Burnley from Leeds in club record fee

2017-08-21 16:07

London - Burnley have signed New Zealand striker Chris Wood from Leeds in a club-record fee reported to be £15 million, the Premier League side announced on Monday.

The 25-year-old moves to England's top flight after finishing last season as the Championship's top scorer with 27 goals.

In all he scored 44 goals in 88 appearances for Leeds.

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.

Wood, who joins on a four year deal, is Burnley manager Sean Dyche's first signing of the transfer window.

He returns to the Premier League after brief spells with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.

"My ambition has been to play in the Premier League for years," Wood told the club's 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."

Auckland-born Wood has scored 20 times in 52 appearances for New Zealand.

He played in the 2010 World Cup as an 18-year-old, and went on to became the youngest captain of the 'All Whites' when he led the side for the first time in November, 2014.

He could make his debut for his new employers as early as Wednesday's League Cup second round tie at Blackburn Rovers.

Burnley opened the new season upsetting champions Chelsea 3-2 before falling 1-0 to West Brom on Saturday.

 

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