Huddersfield failed to complete a loan deal for Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford
Last Updated: September 4, 2012 10:42am
Jermaine Beckford: Leicester City striker had been close to joining Huddersfield Town on loan
Huddersfield Town have confirmed a deal to sign Jermaine Beckford on loan from Leicester City failed to go through before the close of the transfer window.
Sky Sports revealed last week that the Terriers had lined up a season-long deal for Beckford following the £8million sale of Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn Rovers.
Beckford was keen on a reunion with his former Leeds manager Simon Grayson at Huddersfield, only for Leicester to pull out of the deal at the last minute.
Terriers chief executive Nigel Clibbens confirmed a transfer was in place and the club will now consider whether to go back in for Beckford when the loan window reopens.
"We spent a lot of last Thursday and all of Friday negotiating with Leicester and we moved close to a deal, agreeing terms for a season-long loan," Clibbens told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
"Jermaine travelled to Huddersfield to sign the paperwork and once it got past 10pm we started filling it in. We signed, Jermaine signed and then Leicester decided they didn't want to do the deal, so we didn't get it completed.
"That's part and parcel of football and business and it can be frustrating. Maybe it will come back in the loan window, I don't know at this stage.
"We got very close and we would have been glad to have Jermaine here, but the squad we have got we are quite comfortable with."