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Nahki Wells is “flattered” by transfer speculation concerning his future but insists he remains fully committed to Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town.

It is hardly surprising that Wells has been linked with a move away from the John Smith's Stadium after establishing himself as one of the deadliest strikers outside the top flight with 18 goals last season.

Among the teams rumoured to have thrown admiring glances in his direction are Southampton and Sunderland, while newly promoted Burnley have previously shown an interest in the Bermuda striker.

“I'm contracted to Huddersfield for another two years and there hasn't been any bid for me to worry about, so I'm not sidetracked at the moment,” Wells told The Royal Gazette.

“I have to respect my club, but at the same time I'm always open to trying to better myself. If a great opportunity comes along then that's something myself and Huddersfield would have to look into.”

Wells, who celebrated his 26th birthday on the island this week, has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League and believes the transfer talk is simply recognition of his good form.

“It's no surprise, really, because whenever I've done well there's always been speculation, some of it true, some of it not,” said Wells, the club's £1.3 million record signing.

“I take it with a pinch of salt and don't get too carried away with it.

“Whatever happens in the future will happen and I'm not too keen to attack the situation at the moment. I do think I'm able and ready to play in the Premier League.”

It is understood Huddersfield are under no pressure to sell their main assets to fund new signings, with David Wagner, the Huddersfield head coach, keen to build his team around Wells.

The former Dandy Town player hit 14 goals after Wagner replaced Chris Powell at the helm in November last year, and feels the German is responsible for helping improve his overall game.

“I think he [Wagner] gave me the confidence to believe that I was the main striker at the club,” Wells said.

“He helped me get my head down, work hard again and get the love back, and reach the potential that he knew I could.

“Previously I never felt I was first choice or one of the manager's favourite players. It's difficult when you're getting taken off in games and playing less minutes.”

With fallen giants Newcastle United and Aston Villa dropping down to the Championship, coupled with the promotion of Wigan Athletic from League One, Wells believes the second tier will be even stronger next season. And although he feels Huddersfield are moving in the right direction, he admits it will be difficult for the Yorkshire club to make a promotion bid.

“I think we have the right manager, the right style of play and platform to get promoted,” he said.

“But it's hard to put that expectation on ourselves until we're a club that is spending money like the top ten teams.

“It's always possible, though, as clubs like Burnley have shown, but I do think we need a bigger squad.

“It's become a powerful league and with teams like Newcastle, Aston Villa and Norwich City coming down, plus Wigan coming up, it's going to be one of the hardest Championship seasons.”

Eyes on the big time: Wells believes he is ready for Premier League football (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
On the up: Wells prepares for the new season at the Bermuda Elite Athletic Strength Training gym on Dundonald Street (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Wells works on his strength and conditioning (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published June 03, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 03, 2016 at 10:30 am)

Wells says he is ready for Premier League

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