Thursday 26 April 2018

Huddersfield close in on Green deal

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Southampton

Huddersfield Town's Kasey Palmer (right) and Southampton's Oriol Romeu in action Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Huddersfield Town's Kasey Palmer (right) and Southampton's Oriol Romeu in action Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Mark Walker

Huddersfield are close to signing experienced goalkeeper Rob Green from Leeds, Terriers boss David Wagner confirmed after their goalless draw against Southampton.

Wagner's side extended their unbeaten Premier League start to three games yesterday, thanks partly to a third straight clean sheet, and after the match the German announced personal terms had been agreed with Green.

Huddersfield Town's Elias Kachunga Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Huddersfield Town's Elias Kachunga Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

"We'd like to sign Rob Green," Wagner revealed after seeing his side follow up successive league wins with a deserved point against Southampton.

"If he passes his medical, which hopefully he will do in the next 24 hours, then we can announce this signing."

Green was Leeds' number one keeper last season, but has yet to start a league game under new head coach Thomas Christiansen, who has so far favoured summer signing Felix Wiedwald.

Despite being held by the Saints in an entertaining stalemate at the John Smith's Stadium, Wagner heads into the international break delighted with his side's position.

Southampton's Fraser Forster saves from Huddersfield Town's Elias Kachunga Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Southampton's Fraser Forster saves from Huddersfield Town's Elias Kachunga Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Both sides had chances to snatch the points. Steve Mounie and Tom Ince went closest for the home side, while Town skipper Tommy Smith cleared Ryan Bertrand's late header off the line.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino felt his side deserved at least a point, but acknowledged they were made to work hard for it.

"It was a really tough game from the beginning," the Argentinian said. "Huddersfield right now are a team with a really high mentality.

"They're really strong on the second ball, long balls, in aerial play, with big players and some (good) deliveries from the three-quarter (line). They create some problems."

Pellegrino said he could not rule out adding to his squad before Thursday's transfer deadline and expects want-away defender Virgil van Dijk to remain at the club.

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