The 21-year-old had been on loan at Millwall from West Bromwich Albion, and having scored 11 goals for the Lions, boss Kenny Jackett was hoping to secure a permanent deal.
But Wood is instead set to join Nigel Pearson’s Leicester side for what seems a bargain £1.25million (potentially rising to £2million).
It could be the deal of the season, the missing piece that finally sees Leicester return to the Premier League after nine years away; while at the same time ending Millwall’s promotion challenge five months early.
In short, of all the signings to take place over the next month, Wood’s could be the most defining – both for the club who ultimately got him and for the club who had him then watched him walk away.
Leicester are currently fifth in the Championship, four points from automatic promotion. And while Cardiff, Hull and Middlesbrough continue to impress, the addition of the 21-year-old New Zealander could secure the Foxes a play-off place if not more.
At the same time, Wood’s old club Millwall are attempting to stop a slump that has seen them win just one of their last six. Currently in eighth place, they will have to find a replacement for their departed top-scorer if they want to regain their early season form. Without it, they are at risk of being left behind.
With the financial rewards of Premier League promotion more than ever, spending £2million on a young, proven goal-scorer is great business however you look at it.
Pairing him with 12-goal David Nugent makes it even more mouth-watering for Leicester fans who must be hoping this is finally their year.
Some signings are risks that come good, and some are mistakes yet to be proven. But in Chris Wood’s case, success seems almost certain.
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