West Brom striker Charlie Austin is not heading to Huddersfield as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Karlan Grant, YorkshireLive has reported.
Rumours have emerged on Twitter that Huddersfield want the 31-year-old striker from West Brom as they negotiate a fee for Grant.
YorkshireLive has now reported that there is no truth in the rumours – which was very hard to believe in the first case.
Although the Twitter account that first claimed the Austin-Huddersfield link has a lot of followers, it is quite clearly on the wind-up. It’s extremely unlikely Huddersfield would be able to afford Austin’s wage demands, let alone attract interest from the Baggies forward.
West Brom and Huddersfield do appear to be at an impasse in their talks over 22-year-old Grant, who scored 19 goals for the Terriers last season.
According to the Daily Mail, Grant is “desperate” to join Albion in the Premier League and is becoming frustrated by his club’s refusal to soften their stance on his future.
It might get to the point where Grant refuses to play or hands in a transfer request the way this is going – we all know how player power can affect clubs in the transfer market these days.
We hope it doesn’t come to that but we’re finding it hard as to why Huddersfield are demanding so much money for their striker.
We’re in a time of great financial stress at the moment and clubs found it difficult to operate earlier this year when the football was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
West Brom have had their financial issues eased by winning promotion and while Huddersfield still have parachute payments to take from, we still expect them to eventually stand down and let Grant leave.
In other West Brom news, three players could earn their Albion debuts against Harrogate this week.