The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Cooper

LEICESTER have won the race to sign New Zealand striker Chris Wood in a deal re­port­edly worth £1.5m

Wood has been on loan at Mill­wall from the Hawthorns this sea­son and has been in red-hot form for the Lions, notch­ing 11 goals be­fore the week­end.

Those strikes have played a key role in help­ing Mill­wall to a 13-game un­beaten run and fine surge up the ta­ble and Lions boss Kenny Jack­ett was keen on keep­ing the 21-yearold per­ma­nently.

Hud­der­s­field and sev­eral other clubs were in­ter­ested in Wood’s sig­na­ture but Leicester boss Nigel Pear­son, who be­moaned his side’s lack of cut­ting edge fol­low­ing their Box­ing Day de­feat to Hull, tied up a deal on Fri­day.

De­spite fail­ing to make the grade at the Hawthorns Wood has al­ready racked up 118 league ap­pear­ances with loan spells at Brighton, Barnsley, Birm­ing­ham and Bris­tol City and has scored 32 goals.

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