Nahki Wells rumour mill set to go into overdrive but Bantams just being shrewd in keeping their bases open

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: TAKE IT WITH A 'SCOOP' OF SALT: Nahki Wells headlines will be as prolific as the player himself in the run-up to the new year transfer window TAKE IT WITH A 'SCOOP' OF SALT: Nahki Wells headlines will be as prolific as the player himself in the run-up to the new year transfer window

The tweet to announce that Nahki Wells was Elland Road-bound was a clumsy spoof.

Surely nobody of a claret and amber persuasion was taken in by the mischievous message, purporting to come from Leeds managing director David Haigh, that the striker would be crossing the West Yorkshire divide on a four-year deal.

For one thing, the more eagle-eyed would have spotted the rogue ‘H’ in the Twitter address. For another, when would a club’s top brass ever announce a signing a month before the transfer window even opens?

Don’t believe everything you read.... unless it’s in the esteemed pages of the Telegraph & Argus of course.

But it’s par for the course on the minefield of social media where you should always step very carefully. And it’s just an early softener in the barrage of “inside scoops” we can expect to read and hear in the weeks ahead.

Buckle up and brace yourself for the Wells to Wolves, Wells to QPR, Wells to Leicester, Wells to Whatever Wanderers rumours coming your way. It’s manna from tabloid heaven.

Transfer windows give legs to the flimsiest of tittle tattle. It’s that time of year again when even the most outrageous suggested signing is greeted with a knowing look and a “stranger things have happened” response.

January is when clubs can get into panic mode. Seasons have not panned out as they would hope or maybe they want some insurance that a good first half is not frittered away.

Like fantasy football managers reaching for the wild card button, there will be plenty in the market for a gamble.

With his phenomenal scoring form, Wells does not represent that big a long-shot. Here is a player seemingly at the peak of his powers – even if those goals have been rattled up in the lower divisions.

If clubs view anyone outside the top tiers as a risk, the Bermudian’s goal-getting credentials should minimise that air of chance.

Not that I’m trying to get him sold off City’s books. Far from it.

Julian Rhodes was accused by some fans of doing just that with his interview this week. By simply discussing the possibility that their much-coveted striker might move on – and it was just one of “all eventualities” that he talked about – the joint-chairman was seen as posting a free advertisement for his services.

I should be flattered to think that other clubs have only be alerted to Wells’ talents by an article on our back page!

Rhodes was not touting City’s top scorer around like a barrow boy offering three apples for 50p. He was addressing genuine concerns about the player’s uncertain future.

Wells’ stock could not be higher right now. And with a contract that still has 18 months to run, City have the power to drive the hardest bargain should there be a stampede for his signature.

That might change come the summer. Once Wells is into the final year of the deal that he penned in September 2012, then the pendulum swings the other way.

Then it is the potential buyers who can call the shots as the clock ticks towards the contract expiry date – and the Armageddon scenario that the striker could walk out of Valley Parade for nothing.

Rhodes has made it clear that’s not going to happen. Having tied down James Hanson for the long term, they would dearly love Wells to follow suit.

But if there is no eagerness from the player’s side to talk about extending his current contract – and that has been the indication up to now – then the club must be prepared.

As Rhodes says, whether Wells goes now or in the summer, then City must look for the best deal possible.

And, of course, the door always remains open for those discussions about staying put for longer.

It is no stand-off between the two parties. Nor is it scaremongering to spoil a year that will go down with many supporters as the best they have ever had following their club.

It is the nature of the business and City must ensure that every base is covered.

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4:38pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Tickertex says...

A good post.
Julian is a realist, he thinks before he speaks. What ever people think, we're still a club on a tight budget. we are moving forward slowly within a realistic budget. There will be dips as well as highs. There will be disappointments along the way. People say, 'on wards and up wards' and there could be more on wards than upwards, but hey, it always beats down wards.
I am not a regular on this site. although a supporter for some forty odd years, may I just congratulate those supporters whom support the team, not only at home games, but spend possibly thousands of pounds travelling to away games each season. I take my hat off to you. Thank you, I feel in awe.
A good post. Julian is a realist, he thinks before he speaks. What ever people think, we're still a club on a tight budget. we are moving forward slowly within a realistic budget. There will be dips as well as highs. There will be disappointments along the way. People say, 'on wards and up wards' and there could be more on wards than upwards, but hey, it always beats down wards. I am not a regular on this site. although a supporter for some forty odd years, may I just congratulate those supporters whom support the team, not only at home games, but spend possibly thousands of pounds travelling to away games each season. I take my hat off to you. Thank you, I feel in awe. Tickertex

12:55pm Sun 8 Dec 13

mad1985 says...

I agree but I think what most fans mean is everything surrounding wells coming from the club it all sounds negative not one post gives us Any hope of keeping hold of wells so why not just come out and say they are more interested in keeping the club stable and on the plus side we have loads of youths that look like they can push to get in the first team
I agree but I think what most fans mean is everything surrounding wells coming from the club it all sounds negative not one post gives us Any hope of keeping hold of wells so why not just come out and say they are more interested in keeping the club stable and on the plus side we have loads of youths that look like they can push to get in the first team mad1985

1:02pm Sun 8 Dec 13

mad1985 says...

Players come and go the team we support will always be the same
Players come and go the team we support will always be the same mad1985

5:09pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Olivermac says...

I can't understand what all the talk is about in relation to Wells moving, City have there man in Hanson just look at the results since Nakhi came back from injury are they any better than the time he was out injured no is the answer so let's see some new blood and a different system.
I can't understand what all the talk is about in relation to Wells moving, City have there man in Hanson just look at the results since Nakhi came back from injury are they any better than the time he was out injured no is the answer so let's see some new blood and a different system. Olivermac

9:34am Mon 9 Dec 13

Scargutt2 says...

Leeds will no doubt be hoping that there's someone in the market for one of their IOUs in January! haha
Leeds will no doubt be hoping that there's someone in the market for one of their IOUs in January! haha Scargutt2

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