City manager looking at loan players
With Monday's confirmation that Bermuda international Nahki Wells will remain at Bradford City until at least the end of the year, manager Phil Parkinson has said he will look at the possibility of bringing in players from other clubs on loan.
Despite all the hype surrounding the 23-year-old Bermudian, Monday's transfer deadline passed quietly.
It had been reported by newspapers and TV in England that Wells was being targeted by Queens Park Rangers, Watford, Peterbrough and other clubs following his impressive goal streak — eight goals in his last seven games.
The Bantams can now look to see which players might be available during the Football League's emergency loan market which reopens next week.
“Our priority was to keep everything we've got first and foremost,” Parkinson was quoted as saying in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
“Once the Premier League teams have named their 25-man squad, it opens up a surplus of players which becomes available to us and the Championship clubs.
“But until that happens, players who feel they are going to be involved in the Premier League want to stay around. That's what we're waiting for now.
“Maybe we don't get a Premier League player but they might go to the Championship, which then opens up someone else. It's a knock-on effect.
“But there's no mad rush at the moment. We're doing okay.”
The transfer window opens again in January when Wells could again catch the eye of a number of clubs, particularly if he continues to find the net.
However, Parkinson has consistently insisted that his star striker is not for sale as City push for promotion to the League Championship having moved up from Division Two.
Wells was an unused sub last night as League Two strugglers Hartlepool thrashed Bradford 5-0 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Jack Compton and Nialle Rodney both scored against their old club as Phil Parkinson's side were humbled by a team without a win before last night.
Compton set up Luke James for the first goal after 24 minutes. The second half was much worse for City as Jonathan Franks quickly made it 2-0. Christian Burgess then headed in a Compton free kick in the 56th before the winger Compton converted a penalty three minutes later.
Sub Rodney completed the rout with a spectacular overhead kick in the 87th minute.