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Three reasons Leeds imminent signing of Chris Wood could be the deal of the summer

Leeds United are set to sign Leicester City's Chris Wood, despite competition from Wolves.

Leeds United are poised to complete the signing of Leicester City's Chris Wood.

HITC's own sources understand Wood has made the decision to sign for the Championship side, with a four-year-deal on the table.

Leeds and Wolves have both had bids accepted for the striker within the past 24 hours, reported the Leicester Mercury.

Here is a look at why Wood could be such an important signing for the club heading into 2015/16.

Untapped potential

Wood may have been at several clubs already during his career on loan spells, but it is easy to forget he is just 23-years-old. Seemingly forever on the fringes at Leicester, he needs a club willing to invest their time in him and give him a full chance, and that is exactly what Leeds appear set to do. With regular football and support from management and fans, Wood can build on his potential and blossom into a key and consistent Championship player over the most important years of his career. Leeds benefited with regard to Leicester's Max Gradel in the same way a few years ago and will be hoping history will repeat itself.

Suits formation

With Use Rosler looking for a striker to lead the line in a 4-3-3 formation, Wood fits the bill perfectly. At 6ft 3 he possesses enough physical presence to pose a problem in the Championship, and is also mobile enough to benefit from the players around him. He will be an upgrade on Steve Morison, trusted for large stretches last season despite a lack of goals, and has scored against Leeds previously during a loan spell at Millwall in which he struck 11 in 19 games. When the Wood deal is over the line, Leeds can focus on signing a quality winger to help get the very best out of him.

Lays down a marker

Wolves just missed out on the play-offs last season after an impressive late run of from, and for Leeds to see off their challenge to sign Chris Wood lays down a marker that they see themselves competing for promotion next season. The Leicester Mercury report Leeds could be set to pay £2.5 million for Wood which is a huge deal by their standards over the past decade - the biggest since they bought Nick Barmby in 2004 for £2.75 million, and shows they are making strides off the pitch after a turbulent stretch.

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