Hughton wants Wood again

Birmingham boss has his fingers crossed striker will return

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Chris Hughton remains hopeful he can convince Chris Wood to rejoin Birmingham on loan until the end of the season.

The New Zealand striker has returned to his parent club West Brom after his current loan deal came to an end which leaves the Blues boss without his top striker for the game against Ipswich on Wednesday.

But Houghton wants Wood to follow the example of midfielder Guirane N'Daw who last week extended his loan move from St Etienne until the season is over.

Hughton told the Birmingham Post: "There would be teams in this division that only work with three strikers because they might be teams that sometimes play one off the front.

"We can do that as well, but the fact is I've generally tended to play two strikers in most games more often than not. Then, yes, I would like four strikers at the club, but it's certainly not the end of the world if it doesn't happen.

"We would like to bring him back. It's a loan that has worked out well both ways.

"We have been able to give him the games and the experience at this level and, of course, what he has given us back is performances and goals.

"We certainly would like to bring him back but West Brom have been very good - the lines of communication have been very good - and he's their player."