Burnley may now be reluctant to sell Nahki Wells this month with Matej Vydra attracting “big” interest from Russia, according to reputable journalist Alan Nixon.
Both strikers find themselves out of favour at Turf Moor under Sean Dyche, with Wells spending this season on loan at Queens Park Rangers in the Championship.
The 29-year-old has scored 15 goals in all competitions for the R’s this season, and has established himself as one of the most lethal marksmen in the second tier this term.
Wells has recently been linked with a permanent move away from Burnley, though. Bristol City and Nottingham Forest are said to be interested in the striker, who has a recall option in his contract this month.
It has now emerged, though, that Vydra is now attracting interest from Russia, which could place a potential Turf Moor departure for Wells in doubt.
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Alan Nixon claims that Burnley will not look to sell both strikers this month, and the club could receive more money for Vydra than the £7m they are demanding for Wells.
Burnley. Big Russian interest in Vydra. Their deadline late in February. Going to cause headaches with Wells future. Burnley won’t sell both. Wells current valuation 7m … could get more for Vydra.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 27, 2020
The Russian transfer window does not close until the latter stages of February, as opposed to the English transfer window which slams shut in less than a week.
Forest will be desperate to add another striker to their ranks before the deadline – leading goalscorer Lewis Grabban is their only out-and-out centre-forward, after Rafa Mir left the club earlier this month.
This could turn out to be a major blow for Forest in their hopes of signing Wells from Burnley this month.
If there is genuine interest from Vydra, then he could prove to be a more salable asset than Wells, given that Russian clubs tend to spend a lot of money when they really want someone.
They need to look after themselves before anyone else, and if Vydra were to leave, then I can’t see them wanting to sell Wells in a hurry.