Leicester City are on the verge of making a double signing.
The Foxes are well placed for a push for promotion to the Premier League this season, as they stand in fifth position in the Championship after 24 rounds of fixtures. Manager Nigel Pearson appears intent on further bolstering his squad when the window reopens, and is now on the verge of adding two players to his options for a combined price of £2million.
First of all City have agreed a deal with West Bromwich Albion for Chris Wood, who has impressed this season whilst on loan at Millwall. The 21-year-old, who has 29 international caps for New Zealand, has scored 11 goals in 19 second-tier appearances for the Lions, who were being tipped to battle Brighton & Hove Albion for his permanent signature next month.
However, both clubs look set to miss out on the striker to Leicester, who are set to finalise a £1million deal for his signature ahead of the winter market opening.
“He’s now had two or three really good spells out on loan and this is a good time for him to begin a new, permanent challenge,” Baggies sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth told their official club website. “Chris is a great lad and we’re particularly grateful for his contribution to our automatic promotion success of four seasons ago. We wish him all the best at Leicester.”
Sky Sports are also reporting that Pearson is closing on another £1million acquisition, in the shape of Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste. The 26-year-old has started every league game for the Lancashire side this season, but with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, the Bloomfield Road outfit would rather cash in now than lose him for nothing in the summer.