According to reports in The Sun over the past day, newly-promoted Huddersfield could be set to make Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu their tenth signing of the summer this week.
It is thought that the 26-year-old is on the brink of agreeing a deal with the Terriers, with manager David Wagner set to make a decision on a move after seeing him in action for Udinese on Wednesday evening.
The Serie A side face off with Huddersfield in a pre-season friendly this evening, with it thought Wagner will use the match as a trial, with the wheels of a £4.5 million switch already set in motion.
Will the 26-year-old benefit Huddersfield in the Premier League?
Despite being a bit of an unknown entity – it is highly unlikely that many Huddersfield supporters would be accustomed to his name – Agyemang-Badu could be one of their best coups this summer.
At 26-years-old he’s had seven years’ experience under his belt playing in Serie A for Udinese, making 161 league appearances alone, also managing 76 matches for the Ghanaian national side, and it shows.
Agyemang-Badu is a massive midfield powerhouse, at home when dominating the centre of the park and acting as a perfect box-to-box midfielder, and his daring, marauding nature can be a dangerous tool.
He has a strong stature that is difficult to tackle once he gets close to full flow – he comes across almost Yaya Toure-esque – and he’s equally adept at regaining possession with his dogged determination.
Although he’s hardly the most conventional midfielder ever to grace the Premier League the only thing Huddersfield supporters will care about is that he gets the job done; last season alone he completed just over 65% of his attempted challenges inside his own half and he could add this level of steel.
For a defensive midfielder, who usually sits deeper than most, he has a relatively good goal-scoring record too, managing eleven for his country and ten during his seven-year spell at Udinese.
The important factor that Huddersfield boss Wagner will be considering is Badu’s proven defensive nous. At the end of the day, it is the Terriers’ discipline at the back that will help them avoid top-flight relegation.