Huddersfield Town are closing in on another successful transfer coup as they look on course to complete the capture of Adama Diakhaby from AS Monaco. The Terriers have brought in a number of new recruits as manager David Wagner sets his sights on another successful stint in the Premier League.
The Mirror reports that the Terriers boss will have to fork out £8m if he wants to seal the capture of Diakhaby from the French club. The 22-year-old is getting ready to catch a flight to fly down to England and head for The John Smith’s Stadium towards the end of this week as a medical checkup will be in line to see if the player is in good physical and mental condition to make the transfer a concluded one. The youngster had a season to forget with the Ligue 1 team AS Monaco in the last campaign.
Having signed for Monaco from Rennes last year, the under 21 French international was only able to make 10 starts in the Les Monegasques shirt. The player now wants to get a fresh opportunity at kick-starting his career and looks to the Premier League in order to get what he desires. He, however, has four years still left to run down on his Monaco contract.
Diakhaby is versatile in nature. He is most adept in the position of a centre-forward but can make the change to either left or right wing as his pace helps him perform the duties of a winger effectively. His versatile temperament will be an added advantage to the Huddersfield squad as they look to squad depth to face the long and demanding upcoming league season.
David Wagner’s team slumped to a 16th place league standing in the last campaign and will have to better that attempt if they are to secure themselves from the relegation drop. They claimed 4 points more than Swansea City, who were relegated to the Championship and will have to improve on both their attacking and defensive play if they are to reach their target of surviving in the Premier League. They scored a stingy 28 goals and were too generous to the opposition as they went on to concede 58 goals.
Wagner knows that he has a hard battle to fight to stay afloat in the top flight next season and the addition of a player like Diakhaby will be a boon for him and the Terriers. To his advantage, Huddersfield’s Dutch defender Terence Kongolo played with Diakhaby at Monaco in the early stages of the last term and might help the youngster acclimatize to life in the Premier League if the move finally takes place.