West Brom warn Millwall over Chris Wood price tag

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke today told Millwall it will take a “big cheque” to prise in-form striker Chris Wood out of The Hawthorns.

Chris Wood, left, in action for Bristol City
Chris Wood, left, in action for Bristol City

The Lions are keen to strike a permanent deal for the 20-year-old, who has hit six goals in 11 matches on loan at The Den. But Clarke has warned Millwall manager Kenny Jackett he is reluctant to sell the New Zealand international unless West Brom receive a big offer.

“Chris has gone out for experience and to score a few goals out there,” said Clarke. “And if Millwall want to buy him they’d better have a big wallet or a big cheque because goalscorers in the Championship cost a lot of money.”

Wood’s Hawthorns contract is due to expire next summer but the Baggies have not ruled out offering him an extension.

However, Millwall are keen to keep the Albion academy product, who also enjoyed a prolific Championship loan spell at Birmingham last season as well as figuring for Bristol City.

Chairman John Berylson said: “We’ll try (to sign him).

“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.

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“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.”

Albion are continuing to weigh up their options for the January transfer window with Clarke unruffled by suggestions that Chelsea could recall on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku.

The teenager’s season-long loan move includes a recall clause during the transfer window, but there has been little suggestion that Roberto Di Matteo wants the Belgium international back .

Meanwhile, Baggies sources have distanced the club from reports suggesting Huddersfield head of football operations is in the frame to replace Dan Ashworth as sporting and technical director.

The 30-year-old, who has worked for Falkirk and Watford, has impressed in his three months with the Terriers but he is not thought to be among the main contenders to replace Ashworth, who will leave for the FA next year.

Comments for: "West Brom warn Millwall over Chris Wood price tag"

Jack ♣ Hat.

Chris Wood is a young, New Zealand, world cup, international. With the uncertainty of Romelu Lukaku being recalled by Chelsea we will need a replacement striker if Chris is sold. The Championship ask for astounding prices for unproven in the Premiership strikers so when the shoe is on the other foot they technically should pay more for Premiership trained strikers, especially with a "Young world cup international" tag attached to them. Also a sell on clause of 15% to our benefit. Well Millwall your call. Hope you shout loud enough or he stays with us.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jimmy

One thing will determine if he stays or goes and that is whether Albion really want to keep him. Millwall don't dictate to us and it doesn't seem that anyone gets very far trying to hold Mr Peace to ransom or make him do a deal he doesn't want to do!!

Cyril Randle

Quite right Jack. This kid's a hot potato.

1954 baggie

I HOPE WE DONTSELL HIM he's only 20 yrs old and

theres every chance he'll improve still furher.

Personally I'd let Fortune go Chris is a far better player.

gazza

As a Kiwi I've obviously followed Chris Woods very closely indeed. Although I might be just a wee bias I have no doubt that he's the goods. If he does stay with the Baggies will he get regular game time in a squad that's likely to boosted for European Competition next season. And if he does stay at Millwall obviously they are going to regularly play him, but will little ol' Millwall match his growing ambition? Normally I would recommend a young Aussie starlet over a Kiwi lad simply because the Aussie system produces such quality youngster's. However Chris Wood has gone to England very early in footballing career and has starred first at the WBA Academy, and then gone out on loan and ticked all the right boxes. Even though he was only 18 he's gone away with the All Whites to the World Cup and held his own. Since the WC he's certainly come on in leaps and bounds and now heads the All Whites forward line. There's a lot to like about this unassuming youngster and it might be good time to see talented products coming through from the Baggies Academy. Either way whether it's Europe and the Premiership or London and the Championship next season Chris Wood is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

Stoney Lane

Keep him at The Hawthorns. I was at Portsmouth when he made his debut - for the last 15 minutes or so - in a 2-2 draw. He looked impressive. I said so to a friend after the game and a woman standing nearby tapped me on the shoulder and said:'I'm glad you said that - I'm his mum." Chris was then 17, and living in a rental with his mother in Great Barr, near our training ground. The last time he played for our first team was in the FA Cup replay against Reading, which we lost in extra time thanks to a last minute moment of madness from Zuiverloon (in normal time) when we were winning 2-1. Chris played well. His performances as an on-loan striker around the Championship with Barnsley, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol City and now Millwall. plus his goals for New Zealand, show him to be a class act. It's very difficult to keep on turning out for different clubs, adapting to their style and moving location, with all that entails. This Kiwi, who shows tremendous maturity off field as well as on, will be a star player one day. I just hope it's for us.