By Sean Fisher

20th Dec, 2022 | 8:10pm

Chris Wood dampens Leeds United transfer hope by pledging future to Newcastle United

Leeds United can strike Chris Wood off their shopping list in January after the Newcastle United striker’s latest comments on his future.

Wood was linked with a shock return to Elland Road in January by Football Insider, with the report claiming the Whites could look to bring him in on loan after he slipped down the pecking order in Tyneside.

Jesse Marsch is desperate to add a striker to his squad over the winter, with Patrick Bamford’s poor form and consistent injuries making it incredibly difficult for him to support Rodrigo up top.

But Wood’s latest comments about his future dampen all hope of a Leeds return anytime soon. Speaking to Chronicle Live, Wood said: “I’d love to be here long-term. Or even longer than I will be.

“I still believe I have a big part to play here. I have not shown my best football here yet but hopefully, I can do that given the chance.

“If not I am here to support the club and push them in the right direction. I am committed here and want to be here. I have played in every game except one.”

Not the biggest miss

While Wood may have been on Marsch’s wish list for January, it’s unlikely he was anywhere near the top.

The 31-year-old has hardly been a goal machine during his time in the Premier League, and even at Newcastle he quickly became Eddie Howe’s third-choice striker despite joining the club for £25million.

A loan deal could be a great way for Wood to get some more consistent game time and get himself back among the goals, but it seems he’s happy to stay put in Newcastle for the time being.

He was superb for the Whites during his time at the club, but that was during the Championship years and Wood would likely struggle to keep up with Leeds United’s high-energy style now implemented at the club.

Frankly, Leeds were probably better off looking elsewhere for a consistent striker, with a young, energetic and in-form striker much more suited to the job at hand.

But still, losing Wood as a back-up option is still a blow for Marsch.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites will not be strengthening at right-back in January, ruling out a move for a £45million star