Exclusive: Nahki Wells to stay at Bristol City as Cardiff loan bid is rejected

The Robins have stood firm on an offer from one of their main rivals for their out-of-favour striker.

Bristol City have rebuffed a loan offer from Championship rivals Cardiff City for striker Nahki Wells, who looks set to stay at the club.

Wells has found himself out-of-favour and has been subject of late interest in the transfer window from the two Welsh teams with Cardiff the club with more desire to sign Wells

And after the conclusion of their match with Nottingham Forest, the Bluebirds last night made an offer for the player but it was rejected by the Robins.

With the loan bid rejected, Wells is expected to stay put at Ashton Gate and fight for his place in the first-team as he competes with Antoine Semenyo and Chris Martin for a starting spot.

“I’ve got no intention of helping anybody, players who are contracted to us will remain contracted to us until we decide that is no longer the case, so you can speculate all you want,” said Pearson on Saturday about reports linking Wells away from the club.

Wells was an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw with Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday which showed that the Bermuda international remains a part of Pearson’s plans albeit in a fringe-team role.

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The 31-year-old hasn’t started a Championship match since early November and has been limited to substitute appearances since then.

Wells has been unable to continue his form from last season where he scored ten times. He has only scored once this season, netting the winning goal against Queens Park Rangers back in September.

Over the last few years a number of players have made the move directly across the Severn Bridge to Wales with Bobby De Cordova-Reid, Lee Tomlin and Marlon Pack all sold from to Cardiff.

Wells, who was signed around this time two years ago, isn’t expected to grow that list and instead City will hold firm in keeping their player.

Cardiff are expected to strengthen in the forward department following the imminent sale of striker Kieffer Moore to promotion hopefuls AFC Bournemouth.

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Despite signing Jordan Hugill from Norwich City yesterday, the Welsh club are keen to replace Moore who delivered 20 goals for them last season and is their top scorer in the current campaign with five.

As is the nature of Deadline Day and how deals transpire quickly, Cardiff could return with a new offer for Wells but a move to South Wales seems very unlikely now given City’s initial stance.

Cardiff have now moved on to other targets as they look to reinvest the money they receive for Moore back into the squad although they are only in a position to loan.

The latest development is that they have moved on to Stoke City striker Sam Surridge according to BBC Sport,

They have reportedly suffered the same fate as they did with Wells for Preston striker Sean Maguire with news of a loan bid rejected yesterday.

Their interest in Middlesbrough forward Uche Ikpeazu was also quickly ended before the weekend after Morison had a quick discussion with the Teeside club.