Southampton ponder Wells bid
Nahki Wells has been linked with a multimillion pound move to the Barclays Premier League.
Southampton are reportedly considering a £4 million bid for the Huddersfield Town striker, who has scored 18 goals for his club this season.
A tally that has gone a long way to securing the club’s Sky Bet Championship status.
The Bermuda international has been linked with several top-flight clubs over the past 12 months, and Southampton could be ready to make a swoop for the 25-year-old, whom many believe can hold his own in the top flight.
The Premier League club’s scouts have kept close tabs on Wells this season and hope to recommend him to Ronald Koeman, the Southampton manager.
Considering the £1.3m that Huddersfield paid Bradford City for the striker’s services, a £4m fee is one the Championship club would find hard to turn down.
Ross Wilson, head of recruitment at Southampton, worked for Huddersfield until last summer and is familiar with Wells, having helped Huddersfield sign him from Bradford in January 2014, making Wells Bermuda’s first million-pound footballer.
During his time at Bradford Wells became the first Bermudian to score at Wembley, when he scored in his side’s 3-0 League Two play-off final win over Northampton Town in 2013.
Earlier that year he became the first Bermudian to play in a major cup final at the iconic stadium when the West Yorkshire club reached the Capital One Cup final, where they lost heavily to Swansea City.
Dean Hoyle, the Huddersfield chairman, said the rumours of continued interest in Wells come as no surprise and remains relaxed over the player’s future and insists he wants him to remain at the club.
“Nahki has two years left on his contract, we want him and David Wagner wants him,” Hoyle said. “As a club, we have no financial need to sell, and Nahki is happy and settled here.
“Of course he has aspirations to play at the highest level he can, and every player should have. But, we think he can really help us push on, and hopefully Nahki does too.”
Wells is regarded as one of the better players in the Sky Bet Championship, and has impressed for Huddersfield this season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions.
He capped another productive campaign by netting the Most Valuable Player, Player’s Player of the Year and Golden Boot awards at Huddersfield’s end of season awards ceremony.
It is the second straight season that the former Dandy Town player has been Huddersfield’s top marksman having scored 14 times in his first full season for the club.
Wells will miss Huddersfield’s final league fixture of the season at home today against Brentford because of a knee injury.
The player has battled through the pain barrier for the past six weeks and was substituted early in the second half in Huddersfield’s 4-0 defeat away to Bristol City last weekend.
While Wells does not need surgery, his injury does cast doubt on his availability for Bermuda’s second-round Caribbean Cup matches away to French Guiana and at home to Dominican Republic next month.