Bradford City's assistant manager Steve Parkin has issued a hands-off warning to any other clubs considering making a bid for 23-year-old record-breaking striker Nahki Wells.

Wells scored both goals during Bradford's 2-0 win over Sheffield United and became the first player in Bradford's illustrious history to score in eight consecutive games. Bradford have been in existence for nearly 110 years, having played their first ever Football League game on September 1, 1903 vs Grimsby Town.

The Bermudan opened the scoring after collecting a headed pass from Garry Thompson, before swiftly turning the ball past Neill Collins and unleashing the record-breaking shot into the far corner.

Furthermore, Wells finished off the Blades three minutes before the end, as he converted fellow striker James Hanson's pass, following Blades goalkeeper George Long denying Bantams substitute Raffaele De Vita.

Consequently, the amount of interest in Wells is destined to spiral out of control, similar to the way in which Dwight Gayle's career sky-rocketed after he scored 42 goals in one season for Conference North side Bishops Stortford.

However, Wells is now a part of Bradford folklore, despite having to prove his worth to the Bantams on trial after being released at the end of his four month contract by Carlisle United.

Leeds United and Burnley were understood to have been keeping tabs on Wells, although it was Peterborough United who made the first official bid for the Bermudan.

Nonetheless, Bradford manager Phil Parkinson told the Yorkshire Post last month: “With the greatest of respect, I didn’t even mention to Nahki the offer from them. Nahki is only motivated by playing at the highest level he can.”

Additionally, Parkin told Eurosport: "As far as we are concerned he is not leaving Bradford City. Other clubs have had 12 months to have a look at him and we are not going to sell him a week before the transfer window closes.

"It is terrific when you have a goal scorer like Nahki in the team, but he has a long way to go and it is important that he keeps his feet on the ground and keeps learning from the manager and the staff."

Wells finished last season as Bradford’s top goal scorer after scoring a total of 26 goals. However, prior to life in League One he set his sights even higher, by declaring that he was capable of scoring 30 goals for the Bantams to help their consecutive promotion push.

Wells stated at the start of the campaign: "I set the target for 25 last season and reached that, so I’m definitely going for 30 this year. Anything’s possible. I’ve got off to a good start and, knock on wood, I’m injury free. I see no reason why I can’t reach 30.”

Currently, both the Bantams target of promotion and Wells target of scoring 30 are on track. Bradford sit sixth in League One, whilst Wells has already scored six goals in five games, having scored five in League One and one more in the Capital One Cup.

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