Bradford City strike sensation Wells staying 'cool' amid transfer hype (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford City strike sensation Nahki Wells staying 'cool' amid transfer hype
Nahki Wells will not let his head get turned by the on-going transfer speculation.
Phil Parkinson has praised the way City’s goalscoring jewel in the crown has kept his focus on football amid all the rumours over his future.
The club have received no new bids since turning away Peterborough earlier in the summer but the hype is likely to continue right up to Monday night’s transfer window deadline.
Wells is bidding to score for the ninth successive game tomorrow at Stevenage – a feat that would set him alone in the City record books.
That single-mindedness proves to Parkinson that he is unaffected by the outside talk, the latest being a £3m national link with QPR.
The City boss said: “Nahki is cool about it as far as I’m concerned.
“There’s speculation but he’s not the only player being talked about in the papers. We genuinely haven’t had any calls – we’re not fighting off several bids for him.
“I’ve got a lot of time for him as a lad and a player because he gets on with his job.
“He’s a player who’s just come into the division and he’s still improving. Hope-fully he can continue that improvement with us.
“He knows that hopefully he can play at a higher level and I hope that’s with us.
“If it’s not, then maybe one day he gets a call from us and he’s moving on. But that time’s not now.
“You never know what happens in football but the thing with Nahki is that he is going to increase in value.
“If he keeps going, working hard on the training ground and keeps that hunger, which he will do, Nahki’s value will go up. That’s a good position for us to be in as well as him.”
Joint-chairman Julian Rhodes confirmed the phone had been quiet about their hot prospect.
“We’ve had nothing. There’s absolutely no change since we had the offer from Peterborough and that was in June.
“All I can say is there’s been no contact from anybody. Obviously people ask how he has been doing but there’s been nothing more.”
After the euphoria of last week’s win over Sheffield United, City head for unfashionable Broadhall Way to face Graham Westley’s physical side.
Parkinson watched Stevenage at Goodison Park on Wednesday and knows exactly what to expect.
He said: “They are a team who work hard and you’ve got to match that commitment. If you go toe-to-toe with that level of effort – and we’ve got a team capable of doing that – then we’ve got a good chance.
“They use the environment there and the tightness of the ground and they’ve done well to get where they are.
“Stevenage are obviously one of the smaller clubs in the league but they came up a couple of years ago and were looking to go up again.
“Like everybody else, they have got ambitions to be up there.
“They haven’t had a great start but they’ve beaten Ipswich in the Capital One Cup and took Everton to extra-time. All-in-all, they will be relatively pleased.”
Parkinson will name an unchanged side for the fifth Saturday in a row. With no midweek cup involvement, they have the advantage of fresher legs.
“That does help. I felt the younger Carlisle players would find it tough when they played us after going into extra-time last round.
“Obviously Stevenage are a lot more experienced side so it may not come into play as much but we’ve had a good week and the lads are raring to get on.”
City are in talks with Middlesbrough about ext-ending goalkeeper Connor Ripley’s loan until January. His initial 28-day stay is due to expire after the game.
But there has been no fresh movement on Newcastle striker Haris Vuckic.
Parkinson said: “Pards (Alan Pardew) had him on the bench on Saturday and then played him (at Morecambe). Alan’s piecing his own squad together and we’ll see how that progresses.”
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