Steve Evans says Leeds could have sold Chris Wood five times this window

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The Leeds head coach has been discussing the New Zealand striker.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans says Chris Wood could have been sold five times this window, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Presumably, the Scot is referring to concrete interest in the Leeds target man from Championship clubs.

But Evans is delighted the 24-year-old is back in action for the Yorkshire side after a spell out injured and praised his display against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites were 1-0 victors despite an unconvincing performance against the relegation-threatened side.

"Chris Wood could have been sold five times in this window," he told BBC Radio Leeds. "We missed him for the last five or six games and I was worried that I would put him under testing conditions and he would injure himself.

"He came in and hugged me and said he felt good, that's a great sign for all of us. He wanted to start but I thought it was a fraction too early."

It's an interesting claim to make - especially when Evans said he wasn't aware of any bids for Wood just a few days ago.

But there has been talk of the striker leaving Leeds United this January.

Opinion is firmly split among fans on the New Zealander, who has been among the goals this season but, a little like Christian Benteke at Liverpool, has proven static and immobile at times.

Against Bristol City, though, Evans was clearly happy with the Leeds striker.

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