Brighton boss Gus Poyet admitted Chris Wood was the kind of striker he would like to sign after the New Zealander's brace in Millwall's 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium.
After Wood's double the Seagulls battled back to force their third successive draw with substitute Kazenga LuaLua hitting a superb 61st-minute strike before David Lopez's penalty two minutes from time. Poyet has made no secret of his desire to spend big on a goalscorer he believes could clinch a place in the top six of the npower Championship.
Wood, who is on loan from West Brom, now boasts 10 goals this season and Poyet said: "He is the kind of player we would like to bring in. He's only 21 and I feel he will be a top, top player. When he was with us on loan he was a baby but now he is maturing. He's a man now. He's clinical and brave and we have played a part in helping him on his way."
Poyet confessed that his decision to bring on LuaLua six minutes before half-time was critical in eventually taking something from the game. He added: "For the first time as a manager I made a substitution in the first half, and it was a proper fight-back. There was desire, character and belief. It was one way and a great football comeback.
"We've seen a massive change in Kazenga. He is totally different now and is training well and desperate to play."
Millwall manager Kenny Jackett paid tribute to Brighton as the "best side" that Millwall have faced, particularly away from home. He said: "Brighton are a very, very good side and probably the best team we have played.
"But I'm pleased with the performance and result. We created a number of chances in the first half and then we came under pressure. I was pleased that we took something from the game."
Jackett made it plain that he would do his best to hang onto Wood but admitted there was no guarantee that the Kiwi would remain at The Den.
"I'm sure that Chris wants to stay. We are keen on him but we will have to see how it develops," he said.
"I know that he likes it at Millwall. He has been playing and has been first choice. He is with us at present and his second goal was an absolute screamer. It's tough for him and he tired towards the end but we need to support him the best we can."