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Reading FC Make Move For Huddersfield Town’s Nahki Wells


Huddersfield Town v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

If today’s reports are to be believed, Reading’s hunt for a striker could soon be at an end. That striker is Nahki Wells, whose 10 league goals last season fired Huddersfield Town to promotion (let’s move swiftly past that).

The Daily Mirror got the ball rolling this afternoon, claiming fairly vaguely that - due to his contract expiring in summer 2018, Wells’ Huddersfield future “is in doubt”. This evening, The Guardian’s deputy sports news editor Ed Aarons backed that up:

£10,000,000. Wow.

Beyond those two reports, we’ve got nothing else to go on, so don’t ask us how long the contract would be if Wells signed, or how many cans of Sugar Free Green Apple Carabao would be in his announcement photos.

If true, that bid would utterly crush anything Reading have ever paid for a player, so would be a huge statement of intent by the club’s owners. That said, is it justifiable for a striker going into the last year of his contract? I’ll let you make up your own mind.

UPDATE: Since original publication, Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner confirmed that no bid had been received from Reading, but suggested it could be considered if it came in.

What would Reading be getting for their money?

In short, a 27 year-old Bermudan striker who reliably scores goals. In his 271 game professional career - including stints at Carlisle United, Bradford City and Huddersfield Town - he’s found the net 106 times.

Side note - 106 goals - is that an omen? No. Shut up, BucksRoyal.

Wells, a pacey but physically unimposing forward, plays as an out-and-out central striker, and did lead the line on his own for The Terriers under David Wagner in the German’s 4-2-3-1.

Due to all of that, he’d be a good fit both for a lone central role in an attacking trio (4-3-3), or partnering someone like Kermorgant, Mendes or Bodvarson in a 3-5-2.

Of course, all the above is irrelevant in the likelihood that this rumour isn’t actually true.