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TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Nahki Wells set to stay at Bristol City after second Cardiff loan request rejected

Nahki Wells (Photograph courtesy of Bristol City FC)

Bristol City rejecting loan offers for Wells

Bristol City have reportedly told Cardiff City that they are not willing to entertain loan offers for Bermuda captain Nahki Wells.

Cardiff, this morning, made an improved offer for Wells, who they see as a replacement for striker Kieffer Moore, who is set to join Bournemouth.

However, they have so far only offered to take the out-of-favour striker on loan.

Cardiff submit improved loan offer

Bermuda captain Nahki Wells is the subject of much speculation during the January transfer window, and with limited opportunities at Bristol City over the past couple of months, the striker has attracted the attention of other teams in the Sky Bet Championship.

Cardiff City seem particularly keen and have returned to the table with a new loan offer for Wells, after their initial proposal was rejected on Sunday night by the Robins.

Cardiff’s new offer reportedly sees them covering a larger portion of Wells’s salary than they originally proposed to, which is seen as a major element in any potential deal.

It is left to be seen whether or not a deal can be struck in the final hours of the window.

Wells is among the highest wage earners on the books at Ashton Gate, but an initial loan offer made last night was flatly rejected.

So, too, was one for fellow striker Antoine Semenyo.

The Bluebirds, who are determined to remain clear of the Championship relegation zone, and with Kieffer Moore joining Bournemouth and proposed replacement Sam Surridge potentially off to Nottingham Forest, they appear to have turned their attentions back to Wells.

The 31-year-old has been a peripheral figure in Nigel Pearson’s squad in recent times, and didn’t get off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Preston North End on the weekend — for the third time in the past four matches.

He has scored a solitary goal this season in 22 appearances, having ended the previous campaign as City’s leading scorer.

Wells’s last start was in a 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Fulham, and he has not started in the Championship since a 3-0 defeat away to Birmingham City on November 2.

The January transfer window closes at 7pm Bermuda time for Premier League and Football League clubs.

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Published January 31, 2022 at 6:14 pm (Updated February 01, 2022 at 7:59 am)

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Nahki Wells set to stay at Bristol City after second Cardiff loan request rejected

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