Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson rejects claims over Millwall striker Chris Wood
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has waved away speculation that he has put in a £1million bid for Millwall striker Chris Wood.
The New Zealand international has scored eight goals while on loan from West Brom, resulting in Lions boss Kenny Jackett tabling a £1m bid to sign him permanently when his loan ends on January 1.
The 20-year-old has reportedly caught the eye of Pearson, which led to reports yesterday that he could be looking to lure the striker to the King Power Stadium.
But Pearson rejected the claim that he had also put in a £1m bid for Wood.
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"Not to my knowledge £1m," he said. "But there is always going to be some playful speculation at this juncture.
"I will just reiterate what I always say, speculation is not something I'm going to court and I don't want to get involved with that type of thing.
"It's unsettling and I think it's also disrespectful when other teams are trying to prepare for games as well."
City will get a good look at the striker tomorrow when they make the trip to Millwall for their Championship clash.
The rumours come just days after Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson said he was pulling out all the stops to keep on-loan City striker Jermaine Beckford, despite reports that Leeds United were also interested in their former striker.
Pearson said the question of whether there will be a permanent move for Beckford, in January, was one for those clubs mentioned.
"We will see what happens over the next few weeks," he said. "But until there is anything concrete to report, it does become a little bit irritating when it's the same sort of speculation.
"The origins (of these stories) are always quite murky so, more often than not, they are coming from people that have got something to gain.
"Our fans want to know about what's happening to their players and quite rightly so.
"But, of course, I don't want to give them half-truths and add to the uncertainty by talking about stuff that may, or may not, happen."
It was also revealed yesterday that City had agreed to extend Neil Danns' loan at Bristol City until January 8.
"I think it's good for him," said Pearson. "He's getting games, he's had very limited pitch time for us and it suits everyone involved."