I’d have snapped up Nahki for Wolves, says Saunders
Former Bradford striker Dean Saunders is surprised Nahki Wells is still at Valley Parade after revealing he wanted to sign him for Wolves.
Wells has started the season in blistering form and is the top goalscorer in the country after netting twice at the weekend to take his tally to nine.
Unsurprisingly, he has been linked with a string of Championship clubs, including QPR, who were rumoured to have mulled over a move for him before the end of the transfer window,
Saunders admitted he would have attempted to lure the 23-year-old to Molineux in the summer had he not been sacked as soon as Wolves were relegated to League One.
“I would have had a go for Wells this year if I'd still been at Wolves, definitely,” Saunders told the Bradford Argus and Telegraph.
“Managing to keep hold of him shows what ambition the club have got. Bradford have a bit of momentum building and it's so important that they have kept their best players this season. That's what it's all about. If you've got good strikers, you're in business.”
Saunders, who made 44 appearances for the Bantams, has praised Bradford for resisting the temptation to cash in on their most valuable asset.
“I'm surprised but the club have refused bids for him and good for them. The spirit in the camp has got them results,” he said.
“(James) Hanson is doing a good job with Wells and if you play the front two the right way, they will cause problems for anybody.
“They have done that — you saw the problems they caused (Aston) Villa.”
Saunders, famous for scoring City's first goal in the Premier League, was back at Valley Parade for the One in a Million charity game to face the 1999 team that won promotion to the top flight.
And he said he was enjoying City's current resurgence after a decade of decline.
He added: “I was fortunate to only play for the club in the Premiership and I'm pleased that they are on their way back. I've been watching the decline for so long.
“Phil Parkinson has come in the last couple of years and done a great job. Last season was brilliant and the club are climbing back at last.
“I feel sorry for the supporters because they've had so many years since we were doing really well. They are great fans at a great club, which probably needs to get back in the Championship.
“I was pleased to come back to the stadium and get the chance to run around that pitch again. You forget what it's like to play football.
“It was for a good cause. We've all got children and been lucky in what we've done, so it's nice if we can give something back.”