Middlesbrough midfielder Jacob Butterfield is set for talks with Huddersfield Town – but he isn’t part of the Adam Clayton to Boro deal, reports Gazette Live.
Clayton’s deal from Huddersfield to Middlesbrough is set to be completed today in a deal believed to be an initial £1.5 million rising to a possible £2m with add-ons.
Butterfield is expected to hold talks with the Terriers today and the Gazette understands Boro value the playmaker at around £1m but the potential move is not part of a swap deal.
Clayton’s move to Boro was due to be completed yesterday after a fee and personal terms were agreed. The midfielder was due at the club’s training ground for a medical yesterday and the deal was expected to be finalised.
But the move was put on hold at the 11th hour as Town wanted to find a replacements before agreeing to the switch.
The Gazette understands Huddersfield refused Clayton permission to travel to Teeside and instead called him to a team meeting before their friendly against Newcastle United on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old did not play in the match because of a slight calf strain.
Then Huddersfield requested to speak to Butterfield which is said to have complicated matters even more.
The Gazette believes Butterfield may welcome a fresh start after a frustrating time on Teeside. He has played 32 times, scoring three goals, since signing from Norwich in September last year for a deal believed to be worth £600,000.