Chris Wood
Leeds are said to have beaten off competition from the likes of Wolves to compete the signing of Chris Wood Getty

Leeds United have completed the signing of Chris Wood from managerless Leicester City, with Uwe Rosler revealing his excitement over the deal and insisting that the striker's attributes as a classic 'number nine' provide a good fit for his current squad.

The New Zealand international, who made just seven substitute appearances in the Premier League under Nigel Pearson last season before being loaned to Ipswich Town in February, has agreed a four-year deal at Elland Road for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2m ($3.1m), as reported by the Daily Mail.

"I think he's another important piece in the jigsaw," Rosler told Leeds' official website. "We were looking for a number nine type – like Chris Wood is.

"He's physical, strong and experienced in this league. He has potential to develop and has his best years in front of him. It's exciting. He already has a proven goalscoring record and I think there are many goals to come. We think that he is the right player."

Former West Brom forward Wood is the fourth player to arrive since Rosler succeeded Neil Redfearn in May, with Lee Erwin, Charlie Horton and popular centre-back Sol Bamba having already arrived from Motherwell, Cardiff City and Serie A behemoths Palermo respectively.

Such signings would appear to hint at a change in transfer policy from the club and controversial owner Massimo Cellino. Last summer, under the guidance of recently departed sporting director Nicola Salerno, Leeds pursued deals for several Italian-based players including the likes of Giuseppe Bellusci, Mirco Antenucci and Marco Silvestri.

Salerno officially left his role by mutual consent on 24 June and has since been replaced by new head of recruitment Martyn Glover.

"We have signed an experienced player in Sol, we signed young players in Charlie Horton and Lee Erwin, and there's Chris now who is a youngish player. There's a clear path for us now going forward to reach the next level," Rosler added.


After the transfer was confirmed, Wood tweeted: "Delighted to say that I am a @LUFC player! Can't wait to get started & join in with the lads. Looking forward to a great season ahead #lufc."

The capture of Wood would appear to be quite a coup for Leeds, considering the reported interest in his signature from elsewhere in the Championship.

The Leicester Mercury claim that promotion hopefuls Wolves and relegated Queens Park Rangers also held an interest in the 23 year old, with the former granted permission to talk to the player after seeing a second bid accepted last week.