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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Tianjin Quanjian turn to Chris Wood after Diego Costa failure - sources

Chris Wood has been in fine form this season.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian have turned their attentions to Leeds United striker Chris Wood, having failed to secure the signature of Chelsea's Diego Costa, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Wood, 25, has scored 17 Championship goals this season for a revived Leeds as they push for a return to the Premier League after 13 years in the lower divisions, and the New Zealand international is also reportedly on the wishlists of Premier League strugglers Swansea City and Bundesliga club Wolfsburg,

Tianjin Quanjian, managed by Italy's 2006 World cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, have been highly active in the transfer market and signed midfielder Axel Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg, with the Belgium international reported to be pocketing a salary of almost £300,000-a-week.

Their interest in Wood follows club owner Shu Yuhui revealing failed moves for a series of strikers in Monaco's Radamel Falcao, PSG's Edinson Cavani, Benfica's Raul Jimenez and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

Former Brazil striker Luis Fabiano, Tianjin's top scorer in last season's promotion from the Chinese second division, was released as a free agent in December as new league restrictions, limiting clubs to three non-Chinese players per game, have clipped the wings of CSL clubs.

Wood has played for 10 English clubs since joining West Brom from Hamilton Wanderers in 2009. Leeds signed him from Leicester in the summer of 2015, and this season his goals have helped fire Garry Monk's team into contention for promotion as they sit third.

Both West Ham United and Sunderland have also been linked with his signature, though Friday morning saw Sunderland manager David Moyes dismiss all transfer links with any names his club has been linked to this week.

John Brewin is a staff writer for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JohnBrewinESPN.

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