In an interview with Yorkshire Live, Huddersfield Town chairman Phil Hodgkinson confirmed that Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons is his top target, and he’ll go back in for the forward in January.
Hodgkinson told Yorkshire Live: ‘Unfortunately we couldn’t get it done and that’s life and it happens, but we still are confident that he’s the right player, so rather than bringing someone in at the last minute or bringing in someone else, he’s our top target.
‘He remains so, and what we’d rather do is get through the next 10 weeks to January and get it done then rather than bring in somebody that maybe doesn’t tick all the boxes Rolando did.’
The Terriers chief also confirmed that the ex-Bristol City attacker had undergone a medical with the Championship side, but the deal fell through due to an issue at the last minute.
Hodgkinson states that Huddersfield left things so late because they were waiting for Karlan Grant to move to West Brom, and would’ve had no use for Aarons if the ex-Charlton striker’s move collapsed.
It is frustrating for the Jamaican-born forward that he’ll have to wait a few months to play regular football, although he should take some comfort in the fact that the Championship side are clearly fond of him and are willing to wait.
Aarons doesn’t appear to have a future under Steve Bruce. The Magpies boss wanted him sold according to The Northern Echo, as he attempted to trim the wage bill.
However, the 24-year-old did get some action under Gareth Ainsworth at Wycombe Wanderers last season, spending time on loan at the Adams Park Stadium and drawing praise from the manager.
After the Newcastle man scored a winner against Shrewsbury, Ainsworth told Bucks Free Press: ‘He is a great player and he will terrorise defences in this league and he is definitely above this level.’
We can only wait, and hope, that Aarons gets his move in January.