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Football | English Championship

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Kiwi Wood agrees to join Leicester



New Zealand striker Chris Wood on Friday agreed to join Championship club Leicester from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

Wood became a hot property in English football's second tier during a successful loan spell with Millwall, where he scored 11 goals in 19 appearances in the first half of this season.

The 21-year-old initially indicated he would be willing to join Millwall on a permanent basis and the Championship outfit made a club-record bid to sign him from Albion.

But Leicester matched Millwall's bid of around £1.5 million and Wood decided Nigel Pearson's team, who are backed by a big-spending Thai consortium, offered a better chance of promotion to the Premier League.

Wood's loan at Millwall was then cut short and he returned to Albion before agreeing personal terms with fifth placed Leicester, who will officially complete the move once the January transfer window opens.

Despite only turning 21 at the start of the December, Wood has already had spells with Bristol City, Birmingham, Brighton and Barnsley in the past two years.

He started his career at Waikato FC before joining the Baggies academy in 2008 where he eventually went on to make 27 senior appearances.

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