Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett is set to decide to sign either Leicester City striker Chris Wood, or Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, according to The Express and Star.
Jackett is said to be keen on Wood, who he managed whilst the New Zealand international was on loan at Millwall, where he scored 11 goals in 19 games at The Den.
Aside from Wood, who slipped down the pecking order at Leicester last season, as the Foxes won the League title with ease, Kenny Jackett is set to ponder the possible signing of Chelsea’s 20 year old striker Patrick Bamford.
Bamford has impressed during loan spells in the Football League in the last season or so, with the Grantham born forward enjoying a prolific spell at the Milton Keynes Dons, where he scored 17 goals for the Buckinghamshire League One club. Bamford also impressed during his loan spell at Championship outfit Derby County, and scored eight goals in 21 appearances for the Rams towards the back end of the season.
Whoever Jackett chooses, he is set to attempt to bring the player in on a loan deal, with a view to a permanent switch.
“We’d prefer our own players and a loan player we have a chance of signing at the end,” said the Wolves boss.
“If it is a loan – and loans have been successful for us at times – we’d hope it’s one that turns out to be a permanent deal, if it goes well for both sides.”
Wood has the likes of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy to battle against for a starting spot with the Premier League new boys, with the player set to drop further down Nigel Pearson’s list following Leicester’s signing of Leonardo Ulloa from Leicester City for £8 million.
Meanwhile Bamford is around the fourth striker at Chelsea, with Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, and Romelu Lukaku all above him in the pecking order.
And Jackett expects his loan targets to try and impress at their Premier League clubs, before dropping down for a Championship loan.
“Those lads have every right to try to get into their Premier League team before they cast their eyes on the Championship,” he said.
“Sometimes there’s a reluctance to drop out of the Premier League into the Championship too early when there’s an opportunity.
“So they have to see where they are at their particular club before they turn their attention further down.”
Asked if a loan deal was a possibility for either Wood or Bamford, he said: “I suppose it’s a possibility of a number of players of a certain age, depending on their contractual situation.”