NEW ZEALAND footballer Chris Wood continues to be on the watch list of a number of English teams after continuing his goal-scoring streak with a double against Brighton.
The All White, currently on loan at Millwall in England’s second-tier Championship, helped his side to seventh on the table with both his side’s goals in the 2-all draw.
The 21-year-old from Hamilton is on the books at Premiership club West Bromwich Albion but has spent much of the past few seasons out on loan.
He latest stint is at south London’s Millwall, where he has netted 10 goals in 18 matches, and the club’s manager Kenny Jackett is willing to break their transfer record to secure his services on a full-time basis in the January transfer window.
He is willing to pay 1 million pounds, although Brighton manager Gus Poyet is also to see Wood return to the south coast, where he played 31 matches on loan in 2010-11.
Fellow Championship side Leicester are also understood to be interested.
Before the match Jackett told Talksport UK that he wanted Wood permanently and was prepared to pay to get him.
“We like Chris – he has done very well for us,” Jackett said.
“I think he has had two very good experienced partners alongside him in Darius Henderson and Andy Keogh, but he is a player we would definitely like to pursue once his loan expires.
“Would that be a permanent deal? Yes. We will have to see what January brings, but it is no secret that we like Chris and we would like to keep him here.”
Wood has been with West Brom since 2009 but has spent most of that time on loan at Championship clubs – enjoying spells with Barnsley, Brighton and Hove Albion, Birmingham City, Bristol City and now Millwall.