Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town have emerged as the front-runners to sign Chris Wood during this summer’s transfer window.
The New Zealand international had a stellar season with Leeds United last season as he bagged the Golden Boot award in the Championship.
Woods provided 27 goals in 44 league outings for the Peacocks last term, but despite his extreme efforts, the Yorkshire club missed on the playoffs owing to a patchy form in the dying stages of the campaign. Huddersfield Town eventually got promoted via the playoffs, and they are now being linked with a potential swoop for Wood in the summer.
According to SkyBet, the Terriers are priced at 9/2, which makes them favourites ahead of Middlesbrough 8/1 and Crystal Palace 9/1. Wood had previously plyed his trade with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City in the Premier League, but he struggled to make himself a regular at both clubs.
At Leeds, he has managed to become the leading striker, and his loss could hit the managerless squad deep considering they have lost key first-team stars to the Premier League over the years. Promotion for Leeds still looks a distant possibility but Wood recently allayed fears over his exit by suggesting that the club would require more stability in order to progress further.
Huddersfield Town will be among the favourites to drop down to the Championship for the 2018/18 campaign, but David Wagner’s side are nevertheless expected to spend reasonably in order to avoid such an instance. Wood represents a good buy owing to his previous top-flight experience, but this has been the case with many other Championship players, who have excelled in the lower divisions while struggling to make a mark in the Premier League.
Wood recently netted a brace for the All Whites as they ended convincing 5-2 winners over Cabinteely FC in preparation for the Confederations Cup later this month.