Huddersfield Town will continue to wheel and deal in the transfer market to help plot a sustainable future in the Championship.
That’s the message from chairman Dean Hoyle, who confirmed money is available to strengthen the squad in January following the sales of Conor Coady (£2m to Wolves), Alex Smithies (£1.5m to QPR) and Jacob Butterfield (£5m to Derby County).
The club owner says such business is essential because with a core home support of around only 9,500 for some matches, it’s difficult to compete at second-tier level.
He’s keen to get that figure up to 13,000 and more for home games – discounting away support – and says there will be investment.
“It’s like a continuation,” said Hoyle, when asked about cash for the January transfer window.
“We are always planning and never stop, regardless of whenever it is.
“As a club, we are always looking at players who are available, whether for loan or for permanent transfer, so it’s a continuation throughout the season.”
Hoyle revealed the Butterfield deal to Derby will definitely top £5m and could potentially go to £6m, with his former club Middlesbrough receiving 20% of any profit over the £300,000 Town paid for the talented midfielder. That will net Boro in the region of £1m.
Likewise, Town will get 20% of any profit Middlesbrough get for Adam Clayton over the £1.7m they paid for him.
“That’s life, it’s part and parcel of any deal,” added Hoyle.
“In January, if the right players are available we will strengthen the squad.
“There is always money available and there always has been money available.
“We can’t probably buy your £3m player because we can’t afford their wages in our model, but we can get good value and this club has a reputation for trading well.”