City still aiming to keep Wells but insist he ‘won’t leave on the cheap’

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BRADFORD CITY joint chairman Mark Lawn last night admitted both the club and Nahki Wells will have big decisions to make over the striker’s future come the January transfer window.

The Bermuda international is once again the talk of the Football League after a return to scoring action that has brought four goals in his last two appearances.

One of those, his hat-trick against Coventry City, came in front of a live television audience and Wells, who is a doubt for tonight’s home game with Notts County due to a sickness bug, now boasts 13 goals from as many starts this term.

Following on from the 26 times he found the net during last season’s promotion success, it is no wonder that a host of clubs are keeping a close eye on the Bantams’ £2m-rated forward.

Peterborough United, who sit three places above Phil Parkinson’s men in the League One table, had a seven-figure bid rejected in the summer.

But with Wells having 18 months left on his Valley Parade contract when the next transfer window opens, City’s resolve is likely to be tested in the new year.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, joint chairman Lawn said: “Obviously, the next transfer window opens in a month or so and that is bound to lead to more speculation. We have asked Nahki if he wants to talk about a new contract, but he just wants to concentrate on his football.

“We would love to sign him for longer, of course we would. But we have to respect his wishes.

“What it means, though, is there could be a big decision for the club to make in January. And also a big decision for Nahki to make.

“We want to keep Nahki. He has been a big part of what this club has achieved over the past 18 months.

“But what I will say is that if Nahki does leave, he won’t do so on the cheap.”

In an ideal world, Bradford would already have Wells tied down to a new long-term contract.

However, the striker’s reluctance to sit down for talks means the clock is already ticking on a contract that runs until the summer of 2015.

Should, for instance, Wells get to next summer with no new agreement in place, City will be in a vulnerable position and the clubs coveting their star striker will know it.

A glance across West Yorkshire to Leeds United illustrates the danger.

Jermaine Beckford left Elland Road on a free transfer after allowing his contract to run down.

Robert Snodgrass and Jonny Howson also departed in cut price transfers after getting into the final year of their respective contracts.

In Wells’s case, Bradford are well aware that his value could be seriously reduced once the striker is into the final 12 months of his current deal.

City had an excellent financial year in 2012-13 thanks to reaching Wembley twice. But the Yorkshire club can still not afford to write off a possible transfer that could run into the £2m plus bracket.