Twelve months ago Huddersfield Town smashed their transfer record to bring in Nahki Wells from Bradford City for £1.3m, paid Kidderminster Harriers £300,000 for Joe Lolley and recruited Harry Bunn after his release by Manchester City.

Now another frontman is a top priority as the latest transfer window opens.

It’s Chris Powell’s first chance to make permanent signings – and the manager has already said he expects to be active this month.

Even though a midfielder, West Ham United’s Diego Poyet, was one of his two loan acquisitions so far for Town, Powell has identified attack and defence as the areas he most wants to bolster.

That’s no surprise given the return of the now-injured Grant Holt to Wigan Athletic and a goals against record of 42 in 24 Championship games this season.

Of their divisional rivals, only Fulham (43) have conceded more.

Town’s away record (seven defeats in 12 games and 28 goals given away) is a particular concern.

Holt might have chalked up only two goals in his 15 Town outings, but his experience and physical presence was more than welcome, and particularly in the early stages of his stay, when Town went seven unbeaten and picked up four wins, the 33-year-old had a big impact.

Powell had hinted Town would keep tabs on Holt, but news that the knee ligament injury he suffered at Rotherham will keep him out for possibly up to a year means there is now no chance of him returning to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Powell of course, can call on 10-goal top scorer Wells and has James Vaughan back from injury, and it was great to see him score at Rotherham United on Boxing Day.

 

Everyone is hoping the 26-year-old stays fit and keeps scoring.

But the boss has accepted work needs to be done on a Wells-Vaughan partnership, and alternative options are always welcome.

It’s often said it takes a ‘big man’ alongside Wells to get the best from the Bermudian.

That’s why rumours of a swoop for James Hanson, his old frontline foil at Bradford, refuse to go away.

England international Carlton Cole, a teammate of Poyet’s at West Ham, has also been mentioned.

The 31-year-old has scored twice in four starts and six substitute appearances for the Hammers this season, with his most recent appearance coming in the 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on December 2.

He was also in the 18 for the Boxing Day visit to his first club Chelsea.

As an experienced Premier League striker, Cole wouldn’t come cheap.

And were he to be available, Town would likely face serious competition for his signature.

Rangers' goalscoring midfielder Nicky Law, 26, is being linked with Town and it's being suggested Powell may use his Charlton contacts to pursue an interest in experienced Johnny Jackson, with Danny Ward being suggested as a possible swap in any deal.