Chris Wood. Photo by Getty
Chris Wood is on the verge of a move to Championship club
Leicester City worth up to £2 million which he hopes will see
him return to the English Premier League next season.
The 21-year-old has bounced around various clubs during the
past two years while being on loan from Premier League side
West Bromwich Albion, who he joined in 2009.
But reports out of the UK suggest he's set to make a
permanent move to Leicester in the January transfer window,
subject to a medical clearance. The Mercury Sport
reported the initial transfer fee was £1.25m with £750,000 in
add-ons and bonuses.
Wood has been on loan at Millwall recently where he has
netted 11 goals in 19 appearances, and the South London club
have made no secret of their desire to add him on a more
permanent basis. But Leicester's bid trumps the £1 million
they have reportedly offered for the striker's services.
Wood has achieved a considerable amount considering he only
recently celebrated his 21st birthday.
He made his Premier League debut in April 2009 as a
17-year-old, becoming only the fifth Kiwi to play in
England's top flight after Lee Norfolk, Simon Elliott, Danny
Hay and Ryan Nelsen.
All Whites defender Winston Reid later went on to play in the
Premiership for West Ham United in August 2010.
Soon after his Premier League debut, Wood played for the All
Whites at the 2009 Confederations Cup and went on to make
three appearances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,
coming close to scoring in the 1-1 draw with Italy.
His recent hot form isn't limited to club appearances, and
he's managed nine goals in 12 appearances for the All Whites
West Bromwich have clearly seen something special in Wood,
keeping him on their books, but he hasn't figured in their
Premier League plans. He played 18 games for them when they
were relegated to the Championship at the end of the
2008-2009 season but saw his gametime drop off when the club
bounced straight back to the Premiership for the 2010-2011
Wood has spent time at Barnsley, Brighton and Hove Albion,
Birmingham City, Bristol City and Millwall on loan during the
past two years.
Leicester are fifth in the Championship standings mid-way
through the season, two places ahead of Millwall, and are
looking for a return to the Premier League for the first time