Poyet confirms Brighton are set to bid for Millwall star

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

GUS Poyet admitted he would pursue a January deal for Chris Wood after watching the Millwall loanee score twice against Brighton on Tuesday night.

The Seagulls are thought to be readying a £1.5million offer for the West Brom striker and chairman Tony Bloom has given his backing to the move.

Poyet did not hide his admiration for the New Zealand international and is hoping Wood's loan spell on the south coast in the 2010-11 season would persuade him to move to the Amex Stadium.

"The second goal from Wood was exceptional," Poyet said. "When you are on a bad run, you can't even lose the ball 40 yards from your own goal because someone's going to put it in the top corner.

"He's a man now. I told the players before the game not to expect the same player from when he was with us. He was a kid, a baby.

"He knows how to play the game, he's clinical and he's brave. He's a different player now. I'm pleased he's doing well. I hope he realises how we helped him earlier in his career.

"We're trying to get someone – before today, that player was not Chris Wood. That doesn't mean he's not coming in. Until today, we weren't even talking to anyone about Chris.

"We knew how well he has been doing, because we've been watching strikers and everyone else in the world.

"We need to check plenty of things before we move for him. I would like to sign a player in his kind of form and with the same attitude.

"He knows how to deal with balls in the air and to use his physique. He has non-stop energy. I saw him chasing the ball today, which wasn't his game two years ago.

"He's still only 21 and I think he's going to be a top, top player."

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18 thoughts on “Poyet confirms Brighton are set to bid for Millwall star

  • December 19, 2012 at 10:39
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    F**K off Poyet!

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    • December 19, 2012 at 18:19
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      agreed, sling your hook Poyet!

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  • December 19, 2012 at 11:30
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    So because he scored 2 goals against him he suddenly wants to sign him?

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  • December 19, 2012 at 12:04
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    it will all come down to money, if Brighton bid 1.5mil west brom will not accept our 1mill off which we have already doubled at their request. also there are other clubs in the mix now, what if they offer twice as much in wages as we do? no matter how much he 'enjoys' it at wall he'll be off and who could blame him. These clubs like BHAFC and LCFC spend money like its going out of fashion just look at some of their signings was it 3.5mil paid for craig mikale-smit 5mil for matt mills where as we sign players of that quality (Beevers ,Keogh) on the cheap, Fantastic look at the bigger pitcher in KJ and his staff we have the gooses that lays the golden egg, we'll mone on and he'll pick out another gem from somewhere and unless we get a fair price the cycle will continue, heaven forbid someone comes in for Kenny and doubles his wages, then we really should panic

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    • December 19, 2012 at 18:43
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      Couldn't agree more - JB and KJ are the ones we can't afford to lose - as fans we sometimes lose sight of the fact that to players this is a job - I wouldn't want to come home to the missus and say I'd just turned down a job for double the money!!! Hopefully Woodsy will see that clubs with more money can buy a player for big money and keep them on the bench all season or worse. Hopefully he will want to sign for us. Seems like Millwall are doing all they can to keep him within a sensible budget. As sblion says if the worse comes to the worse IN KENNY WE TRUST to find another quality player! Still say f**ck of Poyet tho'

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  • December 19, 2012 at 12:06
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    I think woods great form is gonna ultimately be the reason we won't sign him, we are gonna be priced out of the deal due to amount of teams interested. He will end up at a team that pays silly money like Leicester for over 2m. Hope I'm wrong cos he's a great player with a massive future and we'd make a hefty profit on him in years to come. Whatever the fee he'd be a great investment.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 12:06
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    it will all come down to money, if Brighton bid 1.5mil west brom will not accept our 1mill off which we have already doubled at their request. also there are other clubs in the mix now, what if they offer twice as much in wages as we do? no matter how much he 'enjoys' it at wall he'll be off and who could blame him. These clubs like BHAFC and LCFC spend money like its going out of fashion just look at some of their signings was it 3.5mil paid for Craig Mikale-Smith 5mil for Matt mills where as we sign players of that quality (Beevers ,Keogh) on the cheap, Fantastic look at the bigger pitcher in KJ and his staff we have the gooses that lays the golden egg, we'll move on and he'll pick out another gem from somewhere and unless we get a fair price the cycle will continue, heaven forbid someone comes in for Kenny and doubles his wages, then we really should panic

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  • December 19, 2012 at 12:11
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    If during the January transfer window no other teams come in for Chris and he signs for us, the vast majority of Millwall fans will be saying 'can't understand how no other club put a bid in for him' get real, he is a talent and clubs want goalscorers Brighton will not be the only team that enquire about him get used to it. The good thing we have is that we have him right now and he knows what Millwall are all about. We are reliably informed he has a flat in London, has family this way, is very happy at The Den and I'm sure that he has some sort of connection with JB from his young past, saying all that is no gaurantee that we will get him but we have a very good chance. Lets hope the club this time are able to break their record transfer fee paid. Come Millwall make it happen.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 12:51
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    All of this is still speculation, I believe West Brom are the type of club who do things the right way in respect of transfers and dealing with other clubs. It's still on for us to sign him and I haven't seen any other solid bids yet. He's enjoying his time here and Kenny has for plenty of direct access to Wood on a daily basis. JB is saying the right things in what is best for the club and its spending budget. Might be worth pointing out to the player what a good career move it would be though if he were to stay. After all look what has happened to that Harry Kane chap. Goal scoring machine at The Den and now in the Norwich reserves on a season long loan.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 13:12
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    I believe Harry Kane has been and still is injured thats why he is not playing. JB said that WBA have already started mucking him and the club about as they said they would get back to Millwall last week or the week before and now keep putting the date back? That's not doing things the right way?

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    • December 19, 2012 at 22:59
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      West brom are notorious for f****** clubs about. They do what is right for them and sod the problems it causes for others. They are doing with chris wood which we should have done with Morison, selling to highest bidder. Could have got double our money from Leicester or forest at time but wanted to only sell to prem. praying we get wood tho, what a talent and he's just a goal scorer. Priceless.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 15:11
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    Publishing an interview with JB on here, picked up by others, where the Chairman has a pop at WBA might not have been very helpful to our cause.

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    • December 19, 2012 at 15:26
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      We know that it hasn't caused any problems. If anything it has exerted the perfect amount of pressure on West Brom. We would not have published the interview otherwise.

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      • December 19, 2012 at 15:35
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        Take your word for it Aldo but saw a Brum local rag headline referring to WBA ignoring Millwall's Stupid Jibe.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 18:18
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    Just watched the goals on Lions Player. At the end of the match Poyet gives a Millwall player a hug and a kiss, and if thats not enough then whispers sweet nothings in his ear,couldn't say for sure it was Wood cos he had his back to the camera,but bet yer a million pounds it was, Slimy Git

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    • December 19, 2012 at 22:57
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      He had played for them before, helped get them promoted.

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  • December 20, 2012 at 07:50
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    The papers are now saying that West Brom have put the price up to £1.5m, so that's us out of the race.

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  • December 20, 2012 at 09:16
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    Dear Mr Father Christmas,
    Please help us sign Chris Wood, I'll be a very good boy and eat all my dinners up. Also I've promised the Wife I won't go and watch Millwall on Boxing day, I'll stay at home and be a good family man!
    Kind Regards
    Bertie

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