DIRECTOR Peter Garston has revealed that Millwall matched Leicester City's offer for Chris Wood "in every financial aspect."
Wood has returned to parent club West Brom ahead of a £1.25million-move to the Foxes next week, after rejecting the chance to stay with the Lions beyond the end of his loan spell.
But Garston, writing in his monthly report as the club's fan on the board, says the New Zealand international's decision could not possibly have been motivated by money.
"I know the salary, transfer fee and all the add-ons that were offered to both West Brom and the player, and I can assure everyone we matched Leicester in every financial aspect," he said.
"Be assured the board went to extreme lengths to get him at the club permanently. As with all transfers, the final decision is with the player as to whether he sees his future at a club.
"As I understand it, Wood and his agent felt there was more chance of him getting Premier League football with Leicester.
"Personally, I find this very annoying as it was only two weeks ago that Chris echoed thoughts of staying with us, especially as he was getting first team football and was very well liked by the fans."
Baggies' assistant coach Keith Downing confirmed: "Leicester have shown a great interest in Chris and I expect the move to be done when the transfer window opens.
"He has done exceptionally well at Millwall and we have brought him back here."
Lions boss Kenny Jackett added: "I'd like to thank Chris for all his efforts during his time with us."