Thomas Christiansen responds when asked if Leeds board have given him assurances over Chris Wood's future

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 has recently attracted an eight-figure bid from a Premier League side, according to reports.

Thomas Christiansen has told BBC Radio Leeds that he remains confident that Leeds will hold onto Chris Wood beyond this window, but conceded that he has not any assurances from the club's owners regarding the New Zealander's future.

The final weeks of the window look set to be fairly tense for Whites fans with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting on Friday that a Premier League club, believed to be Burnley, had seen a £12 million bid rejected for the 25-year-old.

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.

It is hardly a surprise that top flight sides appear to be looking at Wood following his 30-goal campaign last season, and the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Stoke and West Ham have also been linked with targeting the forward during this window.

But speaking after the goalless draw with Preston North End, Christiansen suggested that he is still optimistic that Wood will still be a Leeds player once the deadline comes and goes, but also conceded that he is yet to receive any specific assurances regarding the situation.

"Yes," he told BBC Radio Leeds, when asked whether he is confident that Wood will be staying.

"No," he added, when asked if there had been assurances from those above him regarding Wood's future.

"But this is my impression and as coach, I want him to stay and we will see, but why should he go?"

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen looks on prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

With Caleb Ekuban yet to appear in the Championship and not too much time left to find a replacement, it would certainly be a major surprise if Leeds were willing to let Wood move on during this window - even if their transfer funds were significantly bolstered by his departure.

And if they do manage to keep the forward, it would arguably send out as good a message regarding the direction the club is heading in as any signing the club has made during this window, especially given the size of the bids that are now coming in for Wood. 

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