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Burnley very close to finalizing the signing of Chris Wood

Burnley have been long linked with a move for Leeds United striker Chris Wood and are reported to have finally made a breakthrough in their hopes of signing the New Zealand international for £15 million.

The Clarets lost their influential striker Andre Gray to Watford this summer and since have been in the market for a new forward. Many names were linked with a move to Turf Moor in recent times however; Wood has been the favorite to replace Gray.

It is reported that the terms have already been agreed between Burnley and Leeds United and Wood is only subject to medical before he will be revealed by the Lancashire club soon.

The 25-year-old scored 27 goals last season in the Championship and is believed to have the pedigree to be a success in the Premier League.

Burnley fans will hope that the club will complete the signing before Wednesday’s derby against Blackburn in the League Cup and they will want to see the forward in action as early as possible.

Wood might initially feature as a backup option to Sam Vokes after the forward had resurgence in form towards the end of last season.

However, with only Ashley Barnes and Jonathan Walters in their ranks as deputy to Vokes, Wood will be expected to feature much more and will have to perform well to make sure he can play regularly after the expected move is completed.

Following their fine 3-2 opening day Premier League victory over defending champions Chelsea, Burnley went on to suffer a very disappointing 1-0 defeat at home against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and the arrival of Wood will surely provide the Clarets firepower that was missing from their side during the encounter with the Baggies.

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