West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing former striker Chris Wood from Leeds United, according to The Mirror via Ninety Minutes Online.

The 25-year old joined West Brom from New Zealand side Hamilton Wanderers in 2009, but only made 21 appearances in four years at the club.

While on the books at the Baggies, Wood spent time on loan at Barnsley, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol City and Millwall, before a loan move to Leicester City where he would sign on a permanent deal in 2013.

After 52 appearances for the Foxes, Wood made the move to Leeds United where he has become a key member of the squad in West Yorkshire.

Wood’s goal scoring record in the Championship is strong, bagging 40 goals in his 80 appearances, which has seen him pick up several admirers this transfer window. In the 2016/17 season, Wood scored 30 times in 48 games.

Huddersfield Town are also reported to be interested in bringing Wood the short distance to the Terriers, but Tony Pulis’ men are said to be in the driving seat.

Wood, who has 47 appearances for New Zealand, was reported last week by the Express as having at least seven teams interested in him, all of them being Premier League sides.

Southampton, West Ham, Swansea, Stoke and Crystal Palace are sides understood to be keeping an eye on Wood.

Leeds United are currently without a manager, and despite reports that a new boss could be appointed by the end of the week, his first job could be keeping his star striker at the club to help in a promotion push in 2017/18.

 


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