‘Leeds will’: Victor Orta now interested in re-signing ‘really good’ player he sold for just £15m - journalist
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‘Leeds will’: Victor Orta now interested in re-signing ‘really good’ player he sold for just £15m - journalist

Journalist Dean Jones claims Leeds United are now interested in re-signing Newcastle United striker Chris Wood, after Victor Orta sold him over five years ago. 

Leeds will seemingly be in the market for attacking reinforcements after missing out on some of their top targets over the summer. 

Orta failed to bring World Cup star Cody Gakpo to Elland Road, after Andrea Radrizzani confirmed that they would try to sign the Dutchman on deadline day.

The Whites also missed out on Charles De Ketelaere to AC Milan, while Bamba Dieng’s deadline day switch fell through. 

Rodrigo has been brilliant for Jesse Marsch’s men this season and has become a surprisingly reliable source of goals. Patrick Bamford has failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season though and it seems Leeds could be looking at bringing one of their former strikers through the door. 

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Leeds interested in Wood 

Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport that Leeds will be keeping an eye on Woods’ situation at St James’ Park. 

It comes five years after Orta sold Wood to Burnley for £15 million (BBC), just three months after he took the job as director of football at Elland Road. 

“I think that they should be looking at somebody like Chris Wood, and I think Leeds will keep their eye on that situation,” Jones said. 

Wood went on to become a reliable goal scorer during his time at Turf Moor and helped Burnley punch above their weight in the Premier League. 

The 31-year-old managed to reach double digits in England’s top flight for four consecutive seasons after leaving Elland Road. 

Of course, Leeds fans will remember that Wood was also a prolific goal scorer for their side as he managed 27 goals in the Championship in the season before he left. 

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While the New Zealand international played an important role in keeping Newcastle in the Premier League last season, he has fallen down the pecking order under Howe. 

Callum Wilson was always likely to be the first-choice striker at Newcastle, but his recurring injuries meant Wood would get his opportunities. But the Magpies brought in Alexander Isak over the summer and Wood faces a tough task in terms of nailing down a starting place under Howe.

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