Huddersfield Town have drawn a line under their pursuit of Nottingham Forest No10 Jamie Paterson.
The 24-year-old attacker played 36 times for Town on loan last season and was a regular – or as regular as it’s possible to be – under new head coach David Wagner.
The German insisted he wanted to bring Paterson to the John Smith’s Stadium permanently, but delays at the Forest end and subsequent transfers Town have been able to achieve seem to have put the lid on that possibility.
“I know they have a new sporting director and new manager (at Forest), but it’s a difficult one,” said Wagner, who has made eight first-team signings so far and wants another two or three before the big kick-off.
“I am still in touch with Pato, but I think we have to make sure we have some other ideas in our head as well.
“We will find a good solution for this position, and we have to go forward.”
So it’s highly unlikely Paterson will feature again for Town, having netted eight goals in the 2015/16 season, and one of the next new arrivals may well be for No10.
Wagner has the option of using new arrival from Southend United, Jack Payne, in that position, Kyle Dempsey came to the club as an attacking midfielder and the likes of Harry Bunn and Joe Lolley can operate in that support role for leading scorer Nahki Wells.