Wells stays put after no bids for striker
The transfer day window closed last night with Nahki Wells remaining at Sky Bet Championship leaders Huddersfield Town.
The Bermudian striker had been linked with several Championships clubs over the past month including Aston Villa, Norwich City, Derby County and Newcastle United — but Huddersfield have kept hold of their prized asset.
Huddersfield have made a blistering start to the season under David Wagner, the team’s head coach, with 13 points from five games and were keen to keep hold of Wells who has scored one goal in four games this season.
The 26-year-old has always said he was happy to stay at the John Smith’s Stadium and enjoys playing under German Wagner.
Two clubs reportedly interested in Wells, Newcastle and Derby, signed strikers last weekend, which would have been music to the ears for Huddersfield supporters desperate for their side to keep hold of last season’s top scorer with 18 goals.
Newcastle signed Daryl Murphy from Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee while Derby brought Matej Vydra from Watford for a club-record of £8 million.
Meanwhile Villa, who like Newcastle were relegated from the Barclays Premier League last season, swooped for Jonathan Kodjia for £11 million from Bristol City.
“It is no surprise to have speculation over a good player, which [Wells] is, but we have had no phone call or e-mail from another club,” Wagner said.
“Every transfer window there will be speculation and I will be happy when transfer deadline day is gone.”
After this weekend’s international break, Huddersfield’s next opponents will be Yorkshire rivals Leeds United at Elland Road on September 10.
Leeds have just a win and a draw from their five matches and sit one place above relegation.
Wells’s Bermuda team-mate Reggie Lambe scored for League Two side Carlisle United as they defeated League One outfit Oldham Athletic 5-4 in a Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group D match on Tuesday.
Lambe netted in the 22nd minute with a shot from outside the penalty area to put the visiting side up 2-1.
The competition, formerly the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, now features several under-23 teams from the Premier League and Championship.
Another Bermudian forward, Rai Simons, played 61 minutes in Chesterfield’s 2-1 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-23 in a group B game.
Goalkeeper Nathan Trott was on the substitutes bench for West Ham’s Under-23 side who lost 4-2 away to Coventry City in group D.