Prem quartet in battle to sign £20m Leeds hitman

Chris Wood has created 36 chances in the Championship this season

Chris Wood has created 36 chances in the Championship this season

West Ham face competition from Stoke City in the race to sign Chris Wood from Leeds United this summer.

The rumblings have already started, with The Mirror today stating that a host of Premier League clubs were ready to make a move this summer for the Whites attacking talisman.

The Championship giants, who are desperate for a return to the Premier League after a 13-year absence, are now looking to get their house in order off the field, with co-owner Andrea Radrizzani confirming he will complete a 100 per cent buy-out of club imminently.

After scoring just 13 times in his maiden campaign with United, Wood netted 30 times in all competitions during 2016-17 with the Whites no 9 topping the Championship's goalscoring charts with 27 goals.

Leeds striker Wood is on each of these clubs' wishlist and is thought to cost about £20m.

Chris Wood's effect and importance to the Leeds United side can not be underestimated when it is compared to the efforts of last season.

While a massive offer could always force Leeds' hand, the striker himself appears keen to stay at Elland Road and as such the predictable ongoing rumours over his future should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Leeds are reluctant to sell their star player as they look to push for promotion again in the new campaign but realistically know Wood will want a chance to move up, and therefore value him at around £15 million.