Huddersfield Town are closing in on the loan signing of Middlesbrough left-back James Husband.

And talks are ongoing over a return to Birmingham City for striker James Vaughan.

Head coach David Wagner, preparing for Saturday’s home FA Cup third-round clash with Reading , has confirmed former Doncaster Rovers player Husband is a target.

He wants competition for Australian international Jason Davidson, and has lost the services of Leicester City loanee Ben Chilwell.

Pic by James Griffiths Sky Bet Championship QPR v Huddersfield Town 28-12-2015Davidson

We asked Middlesbrough Evening Gazette reporter Dominic Shaw for his opinion on what Town would be getting should the deal go through.

The Evening Gazette's Dominic Shaw on Huddersfield target James Husband

"It's not rare to hear the claim on Teesside that James Husband is the second best left back in the Championship.

"The problem for the player, though, is he's behind the league's best left-back in the Boro pecking order.

"George Friend is superb at this level. Solid, marauding and a fixture in the hearts of Boro fans. No surprise, then, that Husband has found game time hard to come by since he signed from Doncaster in the summer of 2014.

"When he's had a chance, he's largely impressed, but the frustrating aspect for the player will have been the knowledge that Friend was likely to step straight back in for the following fixture.

"At Husband's age he needs to be playing football. And he's certainly good enough to be playing week in, week out in the Championship. He proved that in two separate spells at Fulham.

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"Despite the fact the Cottagers had the extremely highly-rated Luke Garbutt on loan from Everton, Husband was a regular and the London side were keen to extend his deal. They'll be disappointed to miss out this time around.

"Huddersfield will get themselves a ready-made Championship left-back who's assured and solid at the back and always eager to get forward and join the attack.

"He's armed with a final ball as well, prompting me to suggest on a number of occasions that he could have done a job on the left side of midfield for Boro playing in front of Friend. Alas, he was never afforded that opportunity.

"Aitor Karanka is aware that Husband needs to be playing football and while I'm slightly surprised he hasn't returned to Fulham, the chance to move to an improving Huddersfield seems a wise move for all parties. For the Terriers, it's an excellent bit of business."

Meanwhile Vaughan could be on FA Cup duty for Birmingham against AFC Bournemouth at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

Birmingham City v Brentford at St Andrews in the Sky Bet Championship match, with, James Vaughan shoots for gaol

The West Midlands club are keen to re-sign the 27-year-old striker who is out of favour at Town and who played six times for them during a loan which ended on January 2.

And Wagner said he has spoken to Vaughan, coming to the conclusion that a return to Birmingham is the “best solution”.

The deal is likely to be a loan, but with the former Everton and Norwich City man out of contract this summer, it would effectively end his Town career.

The ex-England Under 21 international has scored 33 goals, including two hat tricks, in 95 Town games.

He has made four appearances for the club this season, all as a substitute.

Vaughan joined Town on loan from Norwich in August 2012 and the move was made permanent in a £600,000 deal the close-season after.