Magpies closing in on Debuchy
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:22:00
Leicester's new ?2million striker Chris Wood believes his two-goal display against Huddersfield was probably the best debut he has ever enjoyed.
The 21-year-old, who joined from West Brom earlier that day, netted twice and could have added to his tally as Nigel Pearson's men romped to a 6-1 victory over the Terriers.
Wood, who scored 11 goals in 19 games for Millwall during the first half of the season, took just six minutes to open his account with a close-range header before linking-up with strike partner David Nugent to double his tally 20 minutes later.
"I think this was probably the best debut I've had," Wood told the Leicester Mercury. "It's always nice to get on the scoresheet but, more importantly, we got the three points.
"I have come here to score goals and that's what I did and, hopefully, I can carry on doing that.
"Hopefully, I can keep scoring goals. There are no guarantees in football but I would like to think that I have the ability to score goals.
"We will see how it goes but it doesn't matter who scores, as long as we get the three points."
That emphatic win means Leicester are now just five points behind Hull in second place after the Tigers could only draw 0-0 at Blackpool.
The 27-year-old Lille full-back was due to travel to the north-east after the two clubs finally agreed a fee, understood to be in the region of ?5million, over the weekend.
However, with a medical to complete and personal terms to discuss, his transfer is unlikely to be concluded until later in the week.
Whether or not the France international is among the crowd for Wednesday's Premier League clash with Everton at St James' Park remains to be seen.
Debuchy has been in Newcastle's sights for some time, and manager Alan Pardew was hugely disappointed to miss out on one of his major targets after the two clubs were unable to reach agreement over him despite protracted negotiations during the summer.
However, with Danny Simpson having rejected the Magpies' latest contract offer with his current arrangement due to expire at the end of the campaign, the right-back position has become a priority.
Pardew is also keen to add a central defender to his squad with injuries and suspensions having exposed the lack of depth among the current crop, while a striker is on his wish-list regardless of Demba Ba's situation.
The manager has not given up hope of hanging on to the Senegal international despite his representatives having held, so far unproductive, talks with Chelsea, but Marseille's Loic Remy is high on his wish-list.
However, sources on Tyneside played down a link with West Brom frontman Peter Odemwingie.