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Tough to keep hold of Wells Parkinson

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson admits it will be tough to ward off interests from Championship predators looking to lure hot-shot striker Nahki Wells away from Valley Parade.

According to English media reports, Huddersfield, Burnley and Bournemouth are all closely monitoring the Bermuda international who capped off a memorable season with a 26th goal during the Bantams 3-0 League Two play-off final triumph over Northampton Town at Wembley Stadium at the weekend.

Wells fired home City’s third goal in a one-sided affair to become the first Bermudian to score at the iconic stadium.

Even though the 22-year old striker is under contract until 2015, City’s resolve is certain to be tested by bigger clubs scouting for a proven goalscorer.

“With the exposure we’ve had, not just with Saturday but the cup run (League Cup), there are going to be people watching our players,” Parkinson told the Telegraph and Argus . “I would expect that and I’m ready to field the phone calls.”

Following Saturday’s League Two play-off final victory against the Cobblers, Parkinson suggested his Bermudian striker may not be up for sale.

“Bradford is a great stage for Nahki to play and I’d love for him to stay because I think he’s a good player and I want to keep the best players,” he told

The Royal Gazette. “Nahki has been great and I have a lot of respect for him because he’s quite an athlete.

“He’s a very good finisher but he’s got a toughness about him as well. He can take criticism on the chin and responds the right way and has a hunger and desire to be the best he can.”

Responding to the interests other clubs have shown in him, Wells said: “It’s clear that the interest is there because I’m doing well scoring goals. But we just have to wait and see what happens.

“The future is uncertain other than the fact I’m contracted for another two years, and I’m thankful for what Bradford have done for me and we just go from there. If it (move from Bradford) doesn’t happen I will be glad to stay at Bradford City and hopefully we can go on and get promoted to the Championship.

“I love Bradford and have been taking in so well there. I have another two years left (on contract) so the worst case scenario I will be playing League One football next season for the club that I really love.“

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Published May 23, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm)

Tough to keep hold of Wells Parkinson

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