WING flier Gary Roberts is all set to join Town in a £250,000 package deal.
Town have agreed a fee with Championship Ipswich for the 24-year-old, who has reportedly been in sparkling form during pre-season.
Portman Road boss Jim Magilton made Roberts one of five players available for transfer at the end of last season, also indicating he wanted to recoup the £220,000 they paid to Accrington Stanley.
I understand Town have agreed a down-payment with add-on incentives to total £250,000 for the player, who played four matches on loan with Crewe last season before returning to Suffolk.
Town manager Stan Ternent, whose team were facing Hamilton Academical in the opening match of the Hartlepool Centenary Tournament today, has already made five summer signings (all on free transfers).
But he’s ready to splash some of his budget on Roberts, who is known for his skills in beating defenders and getting in quality crosses.
“I have made an approach for Gary Roberts and I’m hoping to make him a Huddersfield Town player as soon as possible,” said Ternent last night.
“We have agreed a fee, but that’s as far as it’s gone until I can speak to his agent and to the player.
“I hope to do that this weekend, but it could be Monday before I get the chance because of us being in Hartlepool for our two games.”
Roberts was a trainee at Crewe, then played in the Welsh League with Bangor and Welshpool before joining Accrington, where he made 90 appearances in just over 18 months and helped them to the Conference title in 2005-06.
Ipswich initially took him on loan and then forked out £200,000-plus.
Former Town winger Luke Malcher, meanwhile, is signing for Harrogate Town.
The big move yesterday was Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson moving to Blackburn for £3.5m.