Leeds should only consider selling Swansea target Chris Wood if he wants move; deal should be used to boost Kyle Bartley hopes

Chris Wood of Leeds celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United striker Chris Wood is being targeted by Swansea City among others.

According to a recent report from the Daily Mirror, Leeds have slapped a £20 million asking price on Chris Wood in an attempt to stave off interest from several Premier League sides - including Swansea City.

Given the New Zealander's contribution since he arrived at Elland Road, it would appear foolish for Leeds to sanction letting him go even if a side offers the eight-figure fee they are reportedly looking for. 

However, Wood has two years left on his contract, the Mirror reports, so the club could quickly find themselves in a precarious position if he decides that he wants to leave - though there is no reason to suggest that he has any such plans - and the longer they leave it before they make the call, the more his value will drop in that situation. 

Chris Wood of Leeds celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds, England.Chris Wood

Therefore, if Wood does decide that he wants to leave and the money is on the table, perhaps Leeds should consider letting him leave - especially if the club making a suitable bid is Swansea.

Though Whites fans would generally probably hate the idea right now, Wood leaving for the Swans would surely present Leeds with the best chance to bring Kyle Bartley back to Elland Road.

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently suggested that Paul Clement plans to take a look at Bartley during pre-season following his excellent loan spell at Leeds last summer, and the centre-back has been involved so far, so it appears that he is currently unlikely to head elsewhere during this window.

However, if Leeds make it clear that Swansea can have Wood for a lower fee as long as Bartley heads in the opposite direction, then perhaps Clement's stance could change depending on how determined he is to bring the former Leicester man in. 

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.Kyle Bartley

As mentioned, as things currently stand, Whites fans would probably be extremely disappointed if such a deal took place. Wood was the Championship's top goalscorer last season, and the fans appear to be somewhat divided about the prospect of spending a significant sum on Bartley.

But if Wood decides at any stage that he wants to leave, and Bartley is open to returning, then perhaps it would make sense to pursue a swap with Leeds currently struggling for centre-back options, especially if the fee remains relatively close to the £20 million price the Whites have set. 

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