Norwich eyeing up move for Wells

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Nahki Wells has been linked with a move to Norwich City during the transfer window, according to reports in England.

Alex Neil, the Norwich manager, is believed to be looking to strengthen his attacking options this month and the Huddersfield Town striker is his No 1 target.

To finance a move for the Bermudian, Norwich are prepared to sell players, including winger Robbie Brady for about £12 million.

This comes after striker Cameron Jerome’s series of spurned opportunities against Brentford last weekend. Jerome has gone nine games without a goal while Wells is returning to scoring form after two important goals for Huddersfield on Saturday and Monday.

Wells netted a stoppage-time equaliser against Blackburn Rovers from a free kick and then scored an 80th-minute winner against Wigan Athletic two days later.

“It wasn’t a case of if I can take it [the free kick],” Wells told the Yorkshire Post. “[My team-mates]didn’t believe I could get it up and over from that short range. I believed that it was possible, but I don’t blame my team-mates for doubting it because it is a very difficult task.

“You have to back yourself, stick to the plan and not change your mind. I have probably had just one free kick like that all season in that position, we just don’t seem to get them as we play a lot of football down the sides of teams and not at the top of the box. But I always back myself to score.”

Wells has scored seven goals this season, one fewer than team-mate Elias Kachunga and his return to form is timely, keeping Huddersfield in fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship.

They visit sixth-place Sheffield Wednesday on January 14 after their FA Cup third-round tie at home to Port Vale on Saturday.

Wells first came to goalscoring prominence at Bradford City where he played off the towering James Hanson, although he said he also enjoys being the spearhead of the attack.

“I do prefer playing as a lone striker in a footballing team,” Wells said. “I enjoy the game more. I am more involved in what’s going on.

“Don’t get me wrong, I still feel capable of playing off a target man, but we don’t really have that at the minute though I think it would be a great addition.

“I enjoy being up there as a one in a football side. It would not work in a direct side as I don’t have the physical attributes to do what that takes, but, in a footballing side, it works.”

David Wagner, the Huddersfield head coach, is happy with Wells’s contribution of late.

“Nahki Wells is a quality striker and he has shown it before,” Wagner said after Wells’s late equaliser against Blackburn. “It was important to keep our unbeaten run alive and everybody was able to come out of this game with a positive feeling even though we only drew.

“Since I arrived, he has played this role great and is a natural scorer. If he really stays in the game and works and has the feeling that, ‘OK, I am in the game’ then he will always be dangerous.

“I have been more or less happy with Nahki in almost every single game. He has 18 months left on his contract and he is our player and we are happy with him.”

n Rai Simons scored one of the goals as the Chesterfield reserves came from 2-0 down to beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 in the Central League Cup at Alfreton Town yesterday.

Forest led 2-0 at half time before Chesterfield began their fightback with Simons scoring the equalising goal.

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Published Jan 4, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 10:55 pm)

Norwich eyeing up move for Wells

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