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Burnley look set to recall Nahki Wells from his successful loan spell at QPR as the Clarets await bids from Bristol City and Wigan Athletic to sign the striker during the January transfer window, it has been reported by Sky Sports.
Wells , 29, has enjoyed a fruitful six months at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, scoring 13 goals in 26 Championship appearances, but with the Bermudian international not in Sean Dyche’s long-term plans, the Clarets are ready to hear offers.
So if Wells is recalled by Burnley, how big a blow will that be for QPR?
“This would be a huge loss to QPR for a number of reasons.
“You only have to look at the stats to see how important Wells has been to Warbuton’s side this season, with no player scoring more goals in all competitions for the club than Wells’ 14, meaning his attacking threat would surely be missed were he to leave.
“Indeed, given the impact he has made during his last year-and-a-half on loan at QPR, you imagine the striker has now made himself a hugely popular figure around the club, meaning his potential exit is unlikely to help the mood at Rangers off the pitch either.
“Add to that the fact that Wells has been linked with other Championship sides in the current transfer window, and this is a move that could come back to haunt QPR in more ways than one, if the striker was to complete a transfer to one of those clubs in the next week or so, before going on to come up against Rangers in the final games of the season, which could then allow him to take crucial points of the club.”
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“This would be a big blow to QPR’s play-off hopes if Wells leaves the club given his goal-scoring record this campaign, and it is a circumstance the Rs would not have been prepared for at the start of the window.
“The West London outfit should put every effort in trying to keep Wells at the club on a temporary or permanent basis this month, but it is understandable if Burnley decide to recall him in order to profit on his current form.
“This would come as a major setback to Mark Warburton’s side who must fancy his side’s play-off chances following the addition of Jack Clarke, and the Rs should now try and sign Wells on a permanent deal to ease any concerns.
“There may be some concern over whether they can afford to pay for Wells permanently at this time, but it should remembered that Eberchi Eze is likely to leave the club in the summer, so QPR can re-coup the funds from this potential deal.”
“This would be a massive blow for the R’s.
“Wells has been one of the most effective strikers in the Championship this season and has the best minutes per goal ratio of any of the top goalscorers, having found the net every 124 minutes.
“He’s been in fantastic form recently, having bagged five times in his last three games, and has slotted in really well with QPR’s free-flowing, attacking unit.
“QPR do have another option in Jordan Hugill but it would still be a blow to lose a quality player like Wells, particularly one that has settled so well in with the other forward players.”