Wood joins Seagulls on loan
West Brom striker Chris Wood has joined Brighton on loan after his temporary stay at Barnsley was cut short.
Last Updated: 19/11/10 5:17pm
West Brom striker Chris Wood has joined Brighton on loan until 3rd January after his temporary stay at Barnsley was cut short.
The New Zealand international moved to Oakwell in September and made seven appearances in Mark Robins' first team without scoring.
Wood joined Barnsley on a three-month deal, but a decision has been made for the 18-year-old to leave after two months and as a result he has moved to Brighton.
Seagulls boss Gus Poyet told the club's official website: "It is no secret that we have been working to bring another striker to the club, and Chris is a player we have been aware of for a long time and working to get here for a while.
"He is highly thought of by those at West Bromwich Albion. He is a big, strong, powerful forward and will give us something different in terms of an attacking option, and extra competition alongside our other strikers."
Poyet also confirmed that, despite the arrival of Wood, he is still in the market for a replacement for Kazenga LuaLua, whose loan spell from Newcastle came to a premature end after he broke his ankle during last Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Hartlepool.
"Chris's arrival is unrelated to Kazenga's injury; we still need a replacement for him, and everyone is working hard on getting someone here as soon as possible," added Poyet.
Wood, who was named West Brom's Young Player of the Year last season, played for New Zealand at this summer's World Cup.