Nahki Wells has reiterated his desire to remain with QPR on a permanent basis and believes Mark Warburton’s side are able to push for promotion this season.
The Bermuda international returned to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium earlier this year for a second consecutive loan spell from Burnley, and he’s impressed in the early months of the season, forming a formidable partnership with Jordan Hugill up top.
Wells’ strike during the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough last weekend was his ninth of the campaign, meaning he’s already equalled his goals tally from last season after just three months.
With his contract up at Burnley next summer, such form has unsurprisingly attracted interest from other Championship sides, with one report last week claiming Birmingham are potentially lining up a bid for the 29-year-old in January.
Asked if he’d like to remain with QPR permanently, Wells exclusively told talkSPORT: “Yeah, of course. I’m just taking it one week at a time and I’m just focused on trying to come together and reach the goal that we all want and that’s trying to finish in the play-offs and get promoted because there’s real belief that is possible.
“Individually, I just want to do as well as I can because that’s going to help to propel us into that position. If I’m doing that, I’m pretty sure the club would want to keep me and an opportunity will present itself.
“But until then, it’s about proving that they brought me back for the right reasons and I’m influential in what they want to do moving forward in the future.
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“If it’s within my control, of course I’ll be here for the season. Some things are out of my control and my parent club may have a different view of the situation.
“I really want to be here. I’m enjoying every second of it and I feel like we’re onto something really special. I’ve started something good and I’m in the right place, mentally and physically.”
You very much sense that Wells feels he has unfinished business in the Premier League, and that’s largely because he’s never been given a real opportunity to show what he can do in the top flight.
Despite playing an important role in helping Huddersfield secure promotion to the first division, Wells was sold by the Terriers to Burnley just months after their play-off final victory in 2017 and the striker found opportunities hard to come by at Turf Moor.
Injuries, as well as the form of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, saw Wells limited to just a handful of substitute appearances, something which is still a source of frustration to the 29-year-old.
“It’s disappointing because I haven’t scored a Premier League goal or haven’t had a real Premier League opportunity,” he explains. “It was unfortunate to leave Huddersfield in the way it happened because I was such an influence on why we got promoted.
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“Then it led to different things and I left for one reason or another and then I went into a Burnley side that was winning every week and the strikers in front of me were doing really well.
“I felt that I was doing everything I could on the training ground but in the limited opportunities, it was very difficult to take one and I really didn’t capitalise on that.
“I never really got that crack at the Premier League I thought I deserved. But the dream is not over, of course. I still feel I have the potential and the capabilities to get this club up and still have a crack at the Premier League.”
In west London Wells has found his happy place once again, playing alongside two of the finest young players in the EFL in Eberechi Eze and Ilias Chair, who have been a constant source of excitement to QPR fans all season.
“I’ve played with a lot of young talent and both of them are up there with the best,” he says. “They’re both very humble and grounded kids that love their football and they’re showing it week in, week out.
“Mark Warburton has put a lot of faith in them to give them the shirt every week and they’re not putting a foot wrong.
“In particular, Eze has been outstanding. Ilias as well, but he’s just not scored as many goals or created as much or assisted as much as Eze. But he’s equally an unbelievable player and a talent this club should be happy to have.”
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