Bristol City striker opens up on contract situation as QPR, Preston North End and Swansea City consider moves

The Robins star is attracting major interest ahead of the new Championship season.
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Bristol City striker Nahki Wells has opened up on his contract situation as three Championship clubs consider a move for his services.

Preston North End, Queen Park Rangers and Swansea City have all been linked with a move for the former Bradford City and Burnley frontman in recent weeks.

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Speculations over Wells’ future has been ignited by the fact his current contract at Ashton Gate has now moved into its final year and there are no signs of progression towards a new deal.

The Bermudan international is approaching a century of appearances for the Robins but was left frustrated for large parts of last season after making just nine starts and scoring three goals in all competitions for Nigel Pearson’s side.

Competition for a starting place for the opening day visit to Hull City is fierce with Chris Martin and Andi Weimann also in contention - but the shin injury suffered by Antoine Semenyo has boosted Wells’ hopes of making a start on the first day of the campaign.

The 32-year-old has found the net in pre-season when he scored the only goal of a 1-0 win against League One club Plymouth Argyle and is hopeful he can prove himself to Robins boss Nigel Pearson.

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Speaking of his contract situation, he told Bristol Live: “My main focus is to take every day as it comes and see how pre-season plans itself out. I’m sure if the manager or the club had a different perspective on things, I’m sure they would have told me by now and I haven’t heard anything.

“The gaffer knows my mindset and that’s to work hard and try to be in the team on July the 30th and do the best I can for the side, and that’s the focus. For me nothing changes. Last season I wasn’t given many opportunities, but when I was, I wasn’t able to solidify my spot.

“I thought I played well at times but small things like taking a chance or scoring a goal the things make that difference, I wasn’t able to do that. This time around nothing changes but try take those chances. I know I can score goals; I know that’s what I’m out there to do and if I get them, I need to take them because that’s what makes the difference.

“(The manager has said) nothing significant apart from that he’s happy to have me here. My plan is to keep my head down and work hard, I’ve got another year’s contract and I feel I’m more than capable to be our top scorer, our main number nine, but I have to prove that when I get my chances.”

Wells will hope to be handed another chance to show what he can do when City visit Premier League newcomers Bournemouth on Saturday.

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