Date: 25th August 2017 at 10:00am
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Nahki Wells you can argue has been one of our best players of recent decades, definitely one of the most prolific and even now is still a great asset to Bradford City. At 27 years old, Nahki has still got a lot of mileage and goals in him and is now looking very likely Huddersfield Town are willing to listen to offers for the Bermudan international striker who is falling down the pecking order in the wrong end of Yorkshire, also with a believed sell on clause of 20%, City could easily find themselves in the money.

So who is linked?

Reading have been linked to Wells for a good several months now who find themselves a lowly 18th in the Championship, Jaap Stam’s Royals are not shy of goals scoring 8 times in 6 games. Reports in the media a month ago linked Reading with a £10m swoop which would have netted about £2m for City. The Royals are in need of a prolific striker with their leading scorer from last season 35 year old Kermorgant looking at his next career path away from the pitch.

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp is a fan of the Bermudan striker who are struggling away from home at this early stage languishing down in 15th in the table. The only player to hit double figures in all competitions last season was Lukas Jutkiewicz with 12 who has failed to hit the net this current campaign, so it is obvious old ‘Arry needs someone like Wells to mount any form of challenge for promotion this season.

Leeds United have only recently been linked to Wells and with the sale of Chris Wood a few days ago for £15m, the Whites definitely have the funds and the fans will want an answer from their club to losing one of their best players. The last player I’m aware of that has actually played for the first teams of City, Town AND United was Danny Cadamarteri, City (02-04, 05-06), United (04) and Town (07-09), if you want to overlook a sole league cup game and look at league games only then I believe that honour goes to Trevor Cherry, Town (65-72), United (72-82) and City (82-85). The last player I’m aware of to play for City then to move to Town and then Leeds was Roy Ellam (City 61-66, Town 66-72, United 72-74 and then back to Town 74-75). This move could be very tempting for Wells having played in and settled in West Yorkshire for the last 6 years and for a club the size of United could be a very exciting prospect. If Leeds made a move I can really see this being his club of choice.

Rangers FC in the SPL could be an interesting one. At the time of writing The Gers were 2nd favourite at 6/1 to sign Nahki, and with the SPL of a lower standard than the Championship, I can see taking the division by storm. He would have chance to win silverware with Rangers as he saw his ex team mate Andrew Davies lifting the Scottish League cup with Ross Co. in his first season. Rangers could offer him money, chance to win silverware and possibly European football in the coming seasons. Currently 6th in the SPL and squeezed out of the Europa Cup by Luxembourg outfit FC Progres Niederkorn. A massive club in which he can play in front of nearly 50,000 supporters, Rangers can only see themselves in a good position to sign Wells. Last season only 1 Rangers player scored more than 7 league goals, Kenny Miller on 11, a club the size of Rangers need better than that this season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a positive start sitting 3rd in the Championship beating some favourites from a tough start such as Boro, Hull, Derby and knocking out Premiership Soton out of the League cup. Wolves have already paid £15.8m for Ruben Neves last month and will want to make a serious push for promotion this season. Wanderers are relying on Leo Bonatini who has never played in English football before but already has scored twice in 5 games and goal shy Bright Enobakhare that has not found the net in 24 league appearances. Wolves are in dire need of a prolific goal scorer to partner Bonatini if they are serious in wanting to gain promotion this season.

Burnley and Brighton are both amongst the favourites with SKY bet, my advice. Save your money.

Is he worth £10m?
Ok, here are the bare facts about Wells, he is a League Cup finalist for unfancied 4th division Bradford City, he has experience of beating Premiership teams. Wells has gained promotion via the play offs with both City (12/13) and now Town (16/17) so Nahki is a player that not only knows how to win, but is used to it. In 2 and a half seasons at Bradford City, Wells has scored 53 goals and a further 49 goals for Town in the past 3 and half seasons. The past 6 consecutive seasons Nahki Wells has managed to score in double figures without fail scoring 20+ goals for a couple of them.

So if the rumours are to be true of the fee that is being bandied about, is he worth it? In a nutshell yes and no. If a club can afford him, he is definitely worth a punt on. Leeds have received £15m from Burnley, and the clubs all linked to Wells are more than capable of upping in the bidding war. Town are in a great position with the TV money and the riches that come with competing in the Premiership, £10m is like a trickle now for them, but that little bit extra could be detrimental come the January window.

Whatever happens, Wells is going, he is very unlikely to play in the Premiership and at 27 years old, a season of playing only a handful of cameos could seriously harm his career if not finish it. His goals are not as prolific as they once were and at times struggled in the Championship last season, so he needs to be playing first team football week in week out. There is a chance he may go on a free come May/June 2018, but that is of no benefit to anyone. I personally think Leeds United would be the most realistic option along with Rangers, but all will be revealed in the next week or so.

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