HUDDERSFIELD TOWN midfielder Jacob Butterfield has completed his move to Championship rivals Derby County, signing a four-year deal with the Rams.
The developments have drawn a conclusion to the Midlands’ outfit’s lengthy pursuit of the Bradford-born player - after seeing a number of previous bids turned down by Town.
Town say that they have reluctantly elected to sell Butterfield and have claimed that the player had made it very clear that he wanted the chance to join Derby.
The fee will reportedly yield Town up to £4m with add-ons.
The move follows the fellow big-money departures of Alex Smithies to QPR and Conor Coady to Wolves, with Town fans anxious for some inward activity ahead of tonight’s 6pm transfer deadline.
Town chief Chris Powell commented: “We wanted to keep Jacob here and he played well in games since the interest came in but equally he made it very clear to me and the chairman that he wanted to leave
“In the short term, the challenge as always is to replace him but that is part of football. The deal is good for us and in the long run and will let us make further additions to strengthen and improve.
“This club and Dean has an excellent record of reinvesting like Butts after Clayton, we’ll all work together to make that happen”
Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle added: “I said some time ago the player was not for sale and he was a key player for us.
“We all wanted to keep Jacob here but he made it very clear as soon as the very first bid came in a few weeks ago, he wanted to leave us there and then.
“He didn’t want to play for us anymore from then on with immediate effect.
“Equally, we made it crystal clear that for a transfer to happen, the deal had to be not just a good one but one we could not refuse.
“As the days have passed, we have rejected a series of further offers to try and retain Jacob at Huddersfield Town but with each bid the situation has become more and more difficult. Jacob has become totally unsettled by the speculation and more and more adamant in his demand to leave us.
“Finally, after another offer came in over the weekend we reluctantly reached an acceptable agreement on Monday. The timing is not what we wanted coming so late, but that was beyond our control.”
“We are not going to be rushed into a hurried replacement, we have not done that before. It’s important we get it right and that means we all must be patient to get the right man in, just as we have done in the past.
“We all wish Jacob the best wishes.”