NIGEL CLIBBENS today promised Huddersfield Town’s fans: “We’ll keep looking to strengthen our squad all over the pitch.”
The chief executive revealed Town’s season-long loan deal for Leicester City striker Jermaine Beckford collapsed just two minutes before the transfer deadline and that the club may target the 28-year-old again when the loan window opens on Saturday.
Clibbens said the club are confident in the current squad – including deadline signing Adam Hammill, who made his debut on loan from Wolves as a sub in the 2-2 draw at Ipswich – and stressed they will not be held to ransom just because they’ve got £8m to come from the sale of Jordan Rhodes.
“We appreciate we’ve got to replace the goals and we’ve tried to do that, but we won’t rush to bring somebody in just because somebody has gone out,” said Clibbens, who watched Adam Clayton and James Vaughan net to earn a point at Portman Road.
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“It’s important we use the money from Jordan’s sale wisely because we are not bereft of talent. We have got a lot of talent in the squad, Simon (Grayson) is quite comfortable with that, and we will keep on going.
“The loan window is an option for us and we’ll see what it brings. I’m sure there will be lots of movement on deals which didn’t quite happen, both for us and for other clubs, and anything can happen. We will just keep on looking to strengthen our squad all over the pitch.
“We will simply continue to do the things which have stood us in good stead throughout Dean Hoyle’s chairmanship. That won’t change, our plans haven’t changed and we will keep sticking to what we know we are good at.”
So what happened with Beckford, the player Grayson had under his wing at Leeds?
“We spent a lot of last Thursday and all of Friday negotiating with Leicester and we moved close to a deal, agreeing terms for a season-long loan,” he explained.