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Report: Preston make contact to sign Bristol City striker Nahki Wells

Preston are keen on Nahki Wells and have made an enquiry to try and sign the Bristol City striker this summer.

North End secured their first signing of the summer on Tuesday evening, landing Freddie Woodman from Newcastle United.

The attention will now turn to other new recruits with a couple of new strikers needed.

Loanee Cameron Archer has returned to Aston Villa and may not return, whilst Seani Maguire and Ched Evans combined for just three league goals last season.

Adding another striker is hugely important and with links to Andre Gray now slowing down, Preston could look elsewhere.

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Preston are keen on Nahki Wells

The Bristol Post report that Preston have now made contact with Bristol City over a deal for Nahki Wells.

It’s stated that Preston want Wells on a permanent deal but have yet to make a formal approach for the striker.

North End have so far just asked how much it would take to sign Wells this summer, some two-and-a-half years since the Robins paid £5million.

Wells, 32, is out of contract in 2023 and is described as ‘one of the highest earners at the club’ down at Ashton Gate.

Wells scored just three times last season so may not inspire fans any more than Maguire and Evans do right now.

Yet Wells did only start seven games last season as he appeared to be out of favour under Nigel Pearson.

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The Bermudan international has bags of Championship experience – just what Ryan Lowe is seeking at Preston.

Wells did hit 18 goals in 43 games across spells at QPR and Bristol City in the 2019-20 season.

10 goals in the 2020-21 campaign wasn’t a terrible return but Wells really took a nosedive last term.

Signing Gray on a free transfer would be a decent move, but paying a transfer fee to sign the older, less-prolific in recent times Wells would be gamble.

Factor in the wages and this is one that, whilst it would have been exciting a couple of years ago, maybe isn’t ideal for North End right now.

Rumour rating: 5/10. The Bristol Post would be a very reliable source for this kind of information and Wells ticks certain boxes for Preston. Yet given his patchy goalscoring record of late and his huge wages, this could be a tactic to force through a move for Andre Gray, who has been a stronger target this summer.

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