Wagner denies benched Wells is leaving
Nahki Wells, who became Bermuda's first million pound footballer two years ago when he joined Huddersfield Town from Bradford City, is worth at least £8 million now, say the Huddersfield fans.
As rumours of other clubs' interest in Wells began to surface prior to the start of the season, fans were asked on the Huddersfield Examiner website how much would they be willing to let Wells go for.
They believe he is worth £8 million, according to the Examiner's poll last week.
The 26-year-old scored 18 goals in all competitions for Town last season and has been at the centre of much speculation this transfer window.
Norwich City and Derby County are both thought to be keen on the Bermudian who joined the Terriers for a then club-record £1.3 million in January 2014 and is under contract until 2018.
Town have the player contracted until 2018 and say no bid has been received for the striker, while David Wagner, the head coach, is relaxed over the striker's future and says the player will not leave the club without his approval.
“I'm always in conversation with him, he's a good guy,” Wagner said. “He likes to be here, likes our style.
“I know there aren't any offers at the moment and he will not leave this club if I don't like that he is leaving.”
Added the German: “Nahki must play a little catch-up after missing some of preseason, but he is heading the right way. It is no surprise to have speculation over a good player, which he is, but we have had no phone call or e-mail from another club.
“Every transfer window there will be speculation and I will be happy when transfer deadline day is gone.”
Wells netted 18 times last time around and overall has notched 39 goals for Town, after scoring 53 times in two-and-a- half seasons at Bradford.
Town fans would be happy to see their man go for a fee of £8 million, which would give the club enough money to find a suitable replacement. A £6.7 million profit would be seen as good business by the club but, with the inflated fees being paid for other Championship talent, Town could well demand more should either of the clubs interested in Wells make a firm offer.
Aston Villa's £12 million capture of Ross McCormack from Fulham has given the London club money to spend, with Wells understood to be attracting interest from Fulham who lost their top scorers last season, McCormack and Moussa Dembele.
Wells was an unused substitute for Huddersfield in a 2-1 loss to Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup first round yesterday.
However, Wagner insisted his decision not to bring him off the bench had nothing to do with speculation over the striker's future at the club. Instead, the manager brought on defender Michael Hefele with his team trailing 2-1.
“I didn't feel we could get through them to make chances,” Wagner told the Examiner. “My feeling was that we had to go with the long ball and try to win the second ball for the remainder of the game, so bringing Hefe on was tactical.
“In the first half we had control of the game and created some good chances, but we had to score more than only one. But the second half was not okay. We were not strong enough or patient enough and we made too many mistakes. We deserved what we got.”
Shrewsbury took the lead in the first minute through AJ Leitch-Smith before Elias Kachunga's second goal of the early season from a header brought Huddersfield level in the 39th minute.
Louis Dodds netted the Shrewsbury winner in the 77th minute.
Reggie Lambe played the entire match as Carlisle beat Port Vale 2-1, while Rai Simons came on as a substitute in the 70th minute in Chesterfield's 3-1 defeat away to Rochdale in other cup action. Rochdale sealed the win with a third goal in the 78th minute.
Lambe, who scored on his debut on Saturday, helped create the opening goal in the 27th minute when his shot from close range was turned around the post for a corner, from which Charlie Wyke scored.
Carlisle doubled their lead in the 41st minute through Shaun Miller before Port Vale pulled a goal back in the 51st minute.