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Wells hungry for top-flight bow

  • Champing at the bit: Fit-again striker Nahki Wells

Nahki Wells is straining at the leash to make his Premier League debut for Burnley after declaring: Im fit and raring to go.

The Bermuda striker was an unused substitute in Burnleys 1-0 win at home to Newcastle United on Monday and is hoping to feature away to Southampton on Saturday.

Wells also revealed that he was almost called upon at half-time by Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, and cannot wait to return to action after three months on the sidelines.

Im ready to go and its just unfortunate that I didnt get the call to come on [against Newcastle], Wells told The Royal Gazette.

I was close to coming on at half-time, but I didnt get the shout. Its just a matter of time until I get called upon.

Ive played three under-23 games and Ive got a few 90 minutes under my belt.

Wells had minor surgery to remove a screw in his ankle before his 5 million move to Burnley from Huddersfield Town on transfer-deadline day in August and admits it has been the most frustrating spell of his career.

Its been frustrating because Ive been quite lucky to not have many [injury] setbacks to my professional career and then find out I need a small operation, he said. To be out for three months was frustrating, but that time has flown by and Im back fit now.

It felt like an eternity three months ago, but Im excited to be back and excited for the new chapter, which is Premier League football.

The 27-year-old said Turf Moor is starting to feel like home and that his personality and approach to the game are a good fit for the Burnley dressing room. I dont feel completely at home yet, but the lads have welcomed me in and its a good group to come into ... no animosity between the players, no big egos, Wells added.

Its just a good, honest group and I think I will fit well into that. Im doing that as we go on.

Having joined Huddersfield for a club record of 1.3?million in January 2014, Wells insists he is unfazed by his price tag and that hefty transfer fees are part and parcel of the modern game.

Its 2017, its modern-day football, there are huge fees being splashed about everywhere nowadays, he said.

I try not to focus on what a club has paid for me and just focus on what Im paid to do and thats to help the club move forward and score goals.

Thats the plan. Im not really sidetracked. I sometimes forget how much I cost.