Leeds United make bid for Middlesbrough striker

It read: "For the past month we have tried to negotiate a new three year contract with Chris Wood".

The 25-year old explained to Burnley's website that the lure of the top flight was too hard to turn down.

While Burnley can't offer the sort of wages other Premier League, and, indeed some Championship clubs can, Heaton pointed to the success the club has had under Sean Dyche, and the progress of players such as Kieran Trippier, Michael Keane, Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and Heaton himself.

Wood, who missed Saturday's 2-0 win at Sunderland with a move to Burnley pending, issued a statement on Twitter today saying: "The club wanted me to stay and were discussing a new deal but when the opportunity came to go the Premier League, I wanted to take this chance with Burnley". "Victor is in Italy with the chairman and I got some news that they're working good and we will soon have some news. I've never started a Premier League game and this is what I want to do".

But he said: "If it is him, he had a fantastic season past year".

Guardian Sport's deputy news editor Ed Aarons claims Leeds have already tried to replace Wood, who has left for Burnley for an initial £15million, by making a £6million bid for Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede.

He is eligible to make his debut for Burnley in the Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night in the second round Carabao Cup. "The manager has given me a lot of confidence and backed me to bring me here. If it is him, and he does get through the door, I'm sure it'll be the same". "I've got goals and dreams that I want to achieve and it starts here". "He travelled because there was a possibility he might play". Birmingham have completed the loan signings of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.

The Daily Record reports that Manchester City officials have met with representatives of Lionel Messi as they consider activating his £275million release clause.

Arsenal have offered Alex Oxlade-Chemberlain a new contract to ward off interest from Chelsea, according to the Daily Star.

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