Just a month on from winning at Wembley, it appears that Town are spending, and spending plenty of their major financial windfall following promotion to the Premier League. After being linked with what seems like thousands of players, Town finally announced their first signing last Friday. Wagner’s first addition of the window was a club record transfer of FC Porto striker Laurent Depoitre. It’s safe to say he won’t be the last, and it’s likely that Town will continue to break their transfer record in the coming months. Here’s the low-down on some of Wagner’s reported targets…
Well, this striker is no longer a target – he put pen to paper on a two year deal with the club having an option of an additional year. The fee was reported to be around £3.5million, a figure which twelve months ago was unthinkable for our club. It could however prove to be a bargain, as although his season in Portugal last term with Porto didn’t work out, his record prior to that is as good as any. The majority of Depoitre’s career has been in Belgium, most recently winning the double of Belgian Pro League and Super Cup in 2015. He is a hard-working target man, with an eye for goal, proven by his 1 in 3 career goal record. If that isn’t enough to convince you he’ll be a hit in Huddersfield, he has a Belgian cap and an international goal, despite having to compete with some of the worlds best forwards in the Belgian national team.
This man needs no introduction. A blistering season last year saw him not only won Town’s Player of the Year, but also saw him feature in the Championship Team of the Season. However with his outstanding performances, there were doubts as to whether he’d return to Town, as there was reported interest from various other top clubs including Southampton, Newcastle, Stoke and West Brom. However in recent weeks it has been widely reported that Town have agreed a fee of £10million with Manchester City for the Australian to return to Huddersfield. He has been on international duty, however is expected to sign upon his return.
This is an exciting one. A man who scored just one goal less than both Mario Balotelli and Kylian Mbappe in Ligue 1 last season has been heavily linked with a move from Montpellier to Huddersfield. At just 22 years old, Mounié is 6’3″ and scored 14 goals in France’s top flight last term. He came through the academy at Montpellier, and since 2015 has been a full Benin international. The Chairman of Montpellier revelaed earlier this week that Mounié is expected to sign for Town in the coming days. The fee is reported to be around £11million. Much like Depoitre, he will add a physical presence up top, and excellent in the air. As good as Town were last season, a criticism was that they failed to be clinical and finish games off, so more quality in the final third will be welcomed by the John Smith’s crowd.
A more recognisable name, as he was probably the best player on the pitch in the Championship Play-Off Final, however not for Huddersfield. The Reading midfielder limited the influence of Mooy in the final and was central to all of Reading’s positive play. Although Reading have offered him a new deal, reports suggest that he has turned that down and instead chose to join Town on a free transfer. He would add depth to the central midfield options. Similarities can be drawn between Williams and Town head coach David Wagner, as the former was born in Germany, however is a full American international. His pedigree is good, as the 28-year-old played for both Hoffenheim and Freiburg before switching to Reading in 2013.
Another man that is no stranger to Town fans. He has lit up the Championship for a number of seasons now, and is tipped to make the step up to the Premier League. This transfer could be long-winded, as despite it being widely reported that Town had put in a £7.2million bid for the winger, Derby are holding out for a bigger fee. A key area for Wagner in his system is the wide-men, and much like Kachunga, Ince would offer both goals and assists. Ince has a phenomenal goal record for a winger, netting once in every third outing since his move to Derby in 2015. His attitude at times has been criticised, however under Wagner’s management, a player like Ince could really flourish and prove to be a key asset for the Premier League campaign. Expect this one to drag on though, as Derby will strive for a good deal.