Not having to sell Wells is like new signing – Parkinson

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PHIL PARKINSON has revealed Bradford City were so unfazed by Peterborough United’s recent bid for Nahki Wells that he chose not to tell the club’s top scorer.

The Bermuda international attracted interest from a host of clubs last season as the Bantams clinched promotion and reached the Capital One Cup final.

Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and Burnley are among those understood to have kept tabs on Wells but it was Posh who turned that interest into a bid a fortnight ago.

As joint chairman Mark Lawn made clear in yesterday’s Yorkshire Post, the six-figure offer was rejected immediately as City underlined their intention to hold on to a player who still has two years of his Valley Parade contract to run.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s first friendly of pre-season at Conference North side Guiseley, Parkinson said: “For the board to turn round and say there is no pressure to sell even if we get offers, that is a great place to be as a manager.

“I am sure the supporters would consider us not having to sell Nahki as like a new, big-money signing.

“Hopefully, Nahki will stay with us and be one of our key players.

“Nahki has been looking good. He played in a 45-minute (training) game (at Valley Parade on Wednesday). The tempo was great and he looked in great shape.”

Asked about Peterborough’s offer – which was revealed by chairman Darragh MacAnthony on Wednesday during a Q&A session with supporters on Twitter – Parkinson replied: “With the greatest of respect, I didn’t even mention to Nahki the offer from them.

“Why would he want to go to a club in the same division?

“Nahki is an ambitious lad and wants to improve. I want to see him keep improving and progressing up the leagues.

“A move by a player to someone else in the same division could only be for financial gain, and Nahki is only motivated by playing at the highest level he can.”

City, who have added Jason Kennedy and Mark Yeates to their squad this summer, are keen to add a couple more new faces before the season gets under way on August 3.

Former Sheffield Wednesday winger Jon-Paul McGovern is on trial at the moment, while Parkinson also wants to bring in a goalkeeper following Matt Duke’s move to Northampton Town.

The Bantams chief added: “Jon is here on trial and we have another couple coming in on trial over the next two days. We are also looking at a couple of ‘keepers as well.

“We are weighing things up. The good thing is we don’t have to rush things, as we already have cover in most positions.”

Doncaster Rovers veteran goalkeeper Neil Sullivan has left the club. The 43-year-old was the oldest player to play in the Football League last season.