Millwall want striker Chris Wood for good

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 09:44 05/11/2012
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MAKING AN IMPRESSION: Chris Wood.

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Millwall chairman John Berylson says the English Championship football club will make a play for All Whites striker Chris Wood to remain with them in London permanently.

Wood is currently on loan at the Lions from his Premier League club West Bromwich Albion, his fifth loan stint with a second-tier side since he signed a three-and-a-half year contract in 2009.

Like he has done at other clubs he's been loaned out to, the Waikato frontman is making a strong impression and yesterday scored his fifth goal in three matches, helping Millwall to a 4-1 away victory over Nottingham Forest and extending the club's unbeaten streak to seven matches.

Berylson told Lions Live at the weekend that Millwall wanted to sign Wood permanently, in the January transfer window.

Wood recently told a Millwall fan website, NewsAtDen, that he "definitely" wanted to remain at Millwall.

"We'll try (to sign him)," Berylson said.

"Chris is someone we've known about for years. West Brom will have to make a decision as to whether they want to sell him or not and set a price. Hopefully we can meet in the middle. We'll see what happens.

"Everybody knows I've always wanted us to be strong up front. He'd be great to have and it's always something I'm thinking about."

Wood is off contract with West Brom at the end of this season. After an early taste of Premier League action as a 17-year-old, he has repeatedly been overlooked at West Brom despite consistently getting himself on the scoresheet during loan stints with Barnsley, Brighton, Bristol City, Birmingham City and now Millwall.

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