Chris Wood's Premier League dream on hold

21:14, Aug 10 2014
Chris Wood
ALL WHITES STRIKER: Chris Wood.

It appears Chris Wood's English Premier League dream will have to wait.

Sky Sports UK were reporting today that the All Whites and Leicester City striker was poised to join Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers after Wolves agreed a fee for the 22-year-old.

Wood helped Leicester gain promotion to the 2014-15 EPL, which kicks off on Saturday, but had fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of record £8 million (NZ$16m) Argentine signing Leonardo Ulloa.

Wood was well established at Championship level and scored 13 goals in 46 appearances for Leicester, who he joined from West Bromwich Albion last year.

The powerful target-man had a brief taste of the English top flight in 2009 when he came off the bench for WBA against Portsmouth, becoming just the fifth New Zealander to play in the EPL.

Wood was familiar with Wolves coach Kenny Jackett, who he played for during a loan stint with Millwall in 2012, banging in 11 goals in 19 games.

Jackett told Sky: "We have made enquiries and we are in conversation, but it's a long way off being sorted. I don't really want to talk about other team's players. We have made an approach, but we have got a long way to go in terms of sealing him as a Wolves player."

Wolves  - who former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert played for in the 1980s - were newly promoted from League One.

West Ham United defender Winston Reid was the only Kiwi currently plying his trade in the EPL.

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