Huddersfield bring in Montpellier winger on loan

Date published: Thursday 9th August 2018 5:28

Huddersfield have signed winger Isaac Mbenza on a season-long loan from French side Montpellier.

The Terriers have the option to turn the deal for Mbenza, 22, into a permanent move at the end of the season.

Huddersfield also confirmed the deadline-day sale of defender Michael Hefele to Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Mbenza, a Belgium Under-21 international, follows Steve Mounie to Huddersfield after the striker’s switch from Montpellier last summer.

“Isaac is a very exciting player and this is a great deal for Huddersfield Town for a player with such ability and potential,” said Town boss David Wagner.

“You do not play for Belgium at Under-21 level unless you have some outstanding attributes.

“He’s a very quick winger with a direct style of play, which is exactly what we were looking for. As you can see from his last season at Montpellier, he has a real eye for goal too.”

Mbenza, comfortable on either wing, scored 10 goals in 43 appearances for Montpellier in Ligue 1 last season and has also had spells at Standard Liege and French Ligue 2 side Valenciennes.

German defender Hefele, 27, was a regular for the Terriers during their Championship promotion campaign, and has agreed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

“Michael and I have discussed what’s best for him and the club throughout pre-season and I believe this transfer is the correct option for everyone,” Huddersfield head coach David Wagner told Town’s official website.

“He is a player that I cannot guarantee game time to this coming season and that is why he will now join Nottingham Forest.

“We all know what Hef can bring to the pitch and what a superb character he is too, so I am sure he will be a big success at his new club.”

Hefele joined Huddersfield in the summer of 2016 from Dynamo Dresden and became a fans’ favourite after scoring on his debut via a bizarre rebound at Aston Villa.

But he was restricted to just two appearances in the Premier League last season due to a knee injury.

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