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1718 burnley nahki wells 01 1000x500Burnley have completed the signing of striker Nahki Wells from Huddersfield Town. He’s signed a three year deal with the Clarets for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £5 million.

He was part of the Huddersfield team that won promotion to the Premier League last season but had only one year remaining on his contract and was told by Town boss David Wagner that he could leave in this window.

The Bermudan international has been with Huddersfield since moving from Bradford City in a £1.25 million deal in January 2014 having previously played in England for Carlisle, his first English club who he joined in January 2011.

After just three substitute appearances he was released and moved to Bradford City where, in two and a half years, proved to be a prolific goalscorer in League Two and then League One. After promotion in 2013 to League One, he kicked off the season with eight goals in the first seven games. He had scored 14 by the end of December and that prompted Huddersfield, in their second season in the Championship, to sign him.

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He scored a last minute winner for them on his debut against Millwall and for two and a half seasons he was a regular scorer, his best season coming in 2015/16 when he scored 17 league goals. Last season, often employed in a wide position, he still contributed ten goals as Huddersfield won promotion to the Premier League with his last appearance coming at Wembley in the play-off final. It ended 0-0 against Reading with Huddersfield winning 4-3 on penalties; Wells took and scored the third penalty.

However, the contract situation seems to have soured things and Wagner was quick to make him available as he goes into the last year of his contract. With Burnley’s plans to bring in Abdul Majeed Waris from Lorient seemingly coming to an end last week, reports suggest we made our move for Wells over the weekend and have confirmed his signing on deadline day.

He’s currently ruled out having had surgery to remove a screw from his ankle from a previous injury. He’s expected to be fit in around a month’s time and should be available to Sean Dyche after the next international break.

Wells said on completing the move: “I have no doubt this is an ideal move for me. I have played at every level besides the Premier League. I achieved that by getting promoted and it wasn’t something that was going to change. I have always wanted to play there.

“I’ve documented that way back, when I first broke into the game. Now the opportunity is here and I’m very thankful to the football club to give it to me. I feel I can go on and do great things.”

He added: “Burnley is becoming an established Premier League side. It’s a group I’m sure I can come in and blend with really quickly and it’s about trying to get out on that pitch as soon as possible and hit the ground running.

“The facilities are fantastic and it has everything you need to take my football to the next level. I’m here to grow. It’s a step up for me and it’s one that I’m relishing. I don’t see why I can’t learn off the strikers here and hopefully find a combination with the attacking options and play my part in helping move this club forward.”

Manager Sean Dyche said: “We welcome Nahki as another striking option and a player that is different to those we have. He holds a different skill set and therefore we feel can only enhance our attacking options in due course.”

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