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Hello and welcome to our Huddersfield Town live blog for Monday July 16.

The Terriers fell to a pre-season friendly defeat away to Accrington Stanley over the weekend but boss David Wagner said he was "unconcerned".

On Saturday the German Head Coach said of the 3-0 loss: “You can't compare pre-season results with past pre-season results or other competitive games.

“It's all about getting back to the physical shape – and there were some physical battles against a very physical opponent.”

Elsewhere there was the small matter of the World Cup Final to settle, with France beating Croatia 4 - 2 in a thrilling and controversial final.

England missed out on a bronze medal after losing to a classy Belgium side in the third place play-off on Saturday.

Stick with us for all the latest news and rumours regarding Town as the summer transfer window and the World Cup continue.

Jack Payne joins Bradford on loan

Just one last one before we go!

Midfielder Jack Payne has joined Bradford City on a season-long loan deal.

Huddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal against Newcastle United.
Huddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal against Newcastle United.

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That’s all for today, join us again from 9am tomorrow morning or keep up to date via our Twitter for all the breaking Town news until then.

United upping the Ante?

Croatia's Ante Rebic celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Argentina in their recent World Cup clash.
Croatia's Ante Rebic celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Argentina in their recent World Cup clash.

According to Corriere di Verona, the Red Devils are interested in signing the Croatian forward Ante Rebic.

The defeated finalist has been linked with Huddersfield Town and Everton in recent weeks, but now it looks like United are looking at a £44m offer for the 24-year-old.

Monaco bid for Golovin

Aleksandr Golovin of Russia
Aleksandr Golovin of Russia (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Chelsea and Arsenal now face strong competition in the battle to sign World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin, with Monaco having announced that they have made an offer for the CSKA Moscow midfielder.

Need to manage Erik Durm

Erik Durm makes a challenge on Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew
Erik Durm makes a challenge on Scotland defender Charlie Mulgrew

Town boss David Wagner admits it is up to him and his backroom staff to manage Erik Durm correctly after the full back’s recent injuries.

Here’s what the head coach had to say.

Town target Harry Wilson set for Derby loan

Harry Wilson celebrates scoring his second goal against Chester FC
Harry Wilson celebrates scoring his second goal against Chester FC

Town target Harry Wilson looks set for a loan move to Derby County.

The Liverpool winger signed a new contract at Anfield last week, but is likely to head out on loan this season in order to gain more first-team experience.

See the full story here...

£132m + Gareth Bale for Harry Kane?

England's Harry Kane with the match ball after netting a hat trick against Panama
England's Harry Kane with the match ball after netting a hat trick against Panama

According to a report by the Express, Real Madrid are willing to offer £132million and Gareth Bale in a bid to sign Harry Kane.

The report claims that “transfer expert” Ian McGarry says Real Madrid are so desperate to get Kane, that they will make the offer to try and make it happen all despite the forward signing a new six year deal before the World Cup.

Would you accept that deal if you were Tottenham?

West Brom make Hefele enquiry - reports

Accrington Stanley vs Huddersfield Town, Pre-Season Friendly, 14.07.18: Town's Michael Hefele in action.
Accrington Stanley vs Huddersfield Town, Pre-Season Friendly, 14.07.18: Town's Michael Hefele in action.

West Brom have reportedly made an enquiry about signing Huddersfield Town defender Michael Hefele, according to Football Insider.


Baggies boss Darren Moore is wanting to bolster his defensive options this summer having lost Jonny Evans to Leicester and seen Gareth McAuley leave too.

Juninho Bacuna reveals first impressions of Huddersfield Town

Juninho Bacuna on his debut for Huddersfield Town during last Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Bury FC.
Juninho Bacuna on his debut for Huddersfield Town during last Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Bury FC.

He said:

“When I first arrived it was exciting; it’s a good team with a close bond which is really positive for the side and performances,


“I watched a few games before I arrived in the Premier League – it’s a good club, a good team with a great team spirit.

Full story here...

Cardiff City chase Leeds United starlet

Neil Warnock is looking to bolster his Cardiff City squad with Leeds United youngster Ronaldo Vieira ahead of the Welsh club’s Premier League survival campaign.

The former Leeds manager - not particularly popular with Whites fans - is willing to pay £8m for the England under 20 player according to reports in the Sun.

Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira (right). Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira (right). Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Courtois...

The best goalkeeper at the World Cup is another player linked with a move from Chelsea to Real MAdrid.

And Thibaut Courtois is looking the more likely departure.

The towering stopper has entered the lkast year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and the club are reluctant to let him go for nothing next summer according to the Telegraph.

Asked about his Chelsea future, Courtois said: “I will go back and I will see what they want and how they say it. Obviously, with this World Cup, I think what was on the table is different than what I can have.

“In this World Cup, I have ignored all the speculation, all the rumours. But now, in the next few days, I will have a chat with my agent and see what Chelsea told him, and then we will talk. But I feel happy at Chelsea, it’s not that I necessarily want to leave.”

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Photo: AP Photo/David Vincent
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Photo: AP Photo/David Vincent

Chelsea will hold on to Hazard

Chelsea will reject any advances from Real Madrid for their star man Eden Hazard according to the Guardian.

Following Belgium’s victory over England in the World Cup third place play off on Saturday, Hazard hinted he may be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.

He is entering the last two years of his contract with Chelsea and said after the game: “After 6 wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.

“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision - if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”

And it seems Chelsea do not want to let him go. A proposed £300,000 a week contract offer may convince the winger to stay long term but the London club are willing to keep him for at least another year if not.

Eden Hazard of Belgium runs with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England. Photo: Hassenstein/Getty Images
Eden Hazard of Belgium runs with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England. Photo: Hassenstein/Getty Images