CHAMPIONSHIP outfit Huddersfield Town will not make a January move for Fraizer Campbell – unless they lose the services of on-loan Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford, writes CHRIS YOUNG.
Reports over the weekend linked the Terriers with a renewed bid for the Huddersfield-born Sunderland hitman, who was restricted to a 10-minute outing from the bench in last night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough.
But while Huddersfield were interested in Campbell during the summer, they are unlikely to have the finances to make a fresh approach for the 25-year-old, now in the final eight months of his Sunderland contract.
Huddersfield made an inquiry over Campbell’s availability in August after selling Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn for £8million, as reported in the Echo.
But their hopes were rebuffed, with Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill unwilling to unnecessarily deplete his striking options by allowing the former Manchester United man to leave.
Instead, Simon Grayson turned to out-of-favour Leicester frontman Beckford – who played under the Huddersfield manager at Leeds – and the 28-year-old has responded with two goals in five games since arriving on loan at the Galpharm Stadium.
Beckford’s loan deal expires at the end of December and the Terriers are keen to either extend it until the end of the season, or make a permanent move for the former Everton forward.
Should they be successful, then Grayson is unlikely to have the resources to add Campbell to the wage bill.
Sunderland have little incentive to let Campbell leave on loan in January anyway, even if his contract is not extended beyond the summer.
O’Neill only has four senior strikers at his disposal – along with rookie pair Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won waiting in the wings – and unless he adds to his forward options in the transfer window, Campbell is unlikely to be allowed to leave in January.
Meanwhile, Simon Mignolet’s agent claims talks are under way over extended the Belgian keeper’s deal at the Stadium of Light.
Internet rumours have linked Mignolet with a move to Manchester United after a string of impressive performances this season.
But Mignolet’s representative Guy Vandermissien said: “There are ongoing negotiations for an extension with Sunderland. We’ll see if we reach an agreement.”
Mignolet’s current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2015.