Terriers tracking Novak
Town hopeful on deal for Gateshead starlet
Last Updated: January 30, 2009 3:37pm
Huddersfield are closing in on a deal for Gateshead's highly-rated striker Lee Novak.
The two clubs have agreed a fee for the 20-year-old, but the Terriers are yet to hold discussions with the player.
Town boss Lee Clark expects those talks to be held in the near future and believes Novak has the potential to be a star of the future.
"Lee is a player I have known about for a while because he comes from my neck of the woods," Clark told Huddersfield's official website.
"I have kept tabs on him over a period of time but over the last few months that interest has intensified.
"He is a highly sought-after young player and we have come to an agreement with Gateshead, but we are yet to sit down with Lee to sort out personal terms.
"What I have to stress is that Lee is one for the future. If we come to an agreement he would go back to Gateshead for the remainder of the season as they are going really well in the Conference North. We believe that will be beneficial to his development.
"If we can strike a deal with him, he would come to us for the first day of pre-season later this year.
"We feel he is a player with fantastic potential for development and he is having a great season.
"This would be a long-term purchase. When I arrived, myself and Dean Hoyle (chairman) said this was a long-term project and this shows that we are not just looking at now - we want players for now, for the next couple of years and for further down the line."