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Club scouts eye rising star Wells

Nahki Wells is being scouted by a number of English Championship and League One clubs, including Reading and Charlton Athletic.

It's understood scouts from the Royals and Addicks watched the Bradford City hot-shot, who has bagged seven goals this season, in their recent 2-1 victory over Oxford United.

The 21-year-old's eye-catching displays have been rewarded with a contract extension with the Bantams activating an extra-year option last week.

Monitoring Wells' progress closely this campaign has been the club's former winger, Mark Ellis, who recommended the diminutive striker to the League Two side in the summer.

Ellis, who made 218 appearances for City, coached Wells while he attended the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) a football academy for students who are in the UK from abroad.

He said he was surprised his former club hadn't given Wells a longer deal considering his goalscoring exploits this season.

“He's done brilliant, the fans love him and he's doing great,” said Ellis, the RIASA coaching director. “I was surprised (he didn't get a longer deal); I guess it's one of those when they will keep on monitoring him and if he keeps doing well there will be another deal.

“It's a cat-and-mouse game until you're 24 when the Bosman ruling (which allows players over the age of 24 to move for free at the end of their contracts) comes into play.”

Former Dandy Town man Wells told

The Royal Gazette he was relieved to have secured an extended stay at the Coral Windows Stadium, where he has become a firm fans' favourite.

“It's good to have that coverage, although it's only a year to be fair right now,” he said. “Obviously you always strive for an extended contract so you know your future is covered.

“I am considered a favourite now and so I just have to keep my spot.”

City's joint-chairman Mark Lawn said Wells, who made three substitute appearances for Carlisle United last season, had shown significant signs of improvement and looked like a player capable of doing the unexpected.

“Nahki is one of those unusual lads that's actually benefited from not being over-coached. He causes problems with his natural speed and ability. I don't think people know what he is going to do next,” said Lawn.

“Nahki is a player that is improving all the time and we are really pleased with his recent efforts.

“He knows that he must keep working hard to improve himself as a player but he is an exciting young talent and we are enjoying working with him.”

Another of Ellis' RIASA students, Tahj Bell, is hoping to follow in Wells' footsteps and earn a deal at Bradford, having spent the past few months training with the side.

Although Ellis doesn't believe the rangy Bermuda goalkeeper is quite ready for first team football, he said Bell had “bags of ability”.

“Tahj is being monitored by Bradford City until the end of the season and I guess they will make a decision then,” he said.

Bradford City striker Nahki Wells scores during his team's 4-0 win over Barnet at Underhill Stadium last month.

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Published March 14, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 14, 2012 at 9:11 am)

Club scouts eye rising star Wells

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