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Phil Hodgkinson makes financial claim surrounding now-departed Huddersfield Town duo

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Huddersfield Town owner, Phil Hodgkinson, has admitted that the sales of Ben Hamer and Adama Diakhaby in the January transfer window didn’t see the club land a fee that represented their true value due to the pandemic. 

There was a fair bit of movement in terms of incomings at Huddersfield during the January transfer window, but a couple of senior outgoings were also on the cards.

Hamer left and joined Swansea City on an 18-month contract, despite the fact he had started the season as Huddersfield’s first choice goalkeeper.

As for Diakhaby, he had made 16 appearances this season in the Championship. However, he wasn’t central to Carlos Corberan’s attacking unit and he was moved on to Amiens on the final day of the January transfer window.

Moving on that pair was a decision Huddersfield felt was best for all parties, but Hodgkinson conceded that neither were sold for their true value.

As per Hodgkinson’s statement, he said: “Ben Hamer and Adama Diakhaby departed the Club for pastures new, which we believe were the right moves for us and the players.

“I firmly believe that neither player left for the fee they would usually command outside the pandemic, but we had to do our best with the market on offer and I believe we did.”

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There’s been a slump in form at Huddersfield over the course of 2021 so far.

Corberan’s side haven’t won since December’s clash with Blackburn Rovers, which has led to the Terriers slipping to 17th in the table.

Today they host Wycombe Wanderers in the Championship, looking to extend a gap of five points that separate them and the relegation zone.

The Verdict 

This is interesting and perhaps an indication that Huddersfield wanted to pick up whatever fee they could for Hamer and Diakhaby whilst they still could.

Neither were in the picture under Corberan, particularly long-term.

If selling them has teed up Huddersfield for more success in the next transfer window, it’ll be a good thing even if it is for a nominal fee.

Thoughts? Let us know! 


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Leeds United fan and proud to have reported on their promotion-winning 2019/20 campaign.

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