Once awfully close to signing for West Ham, Ryad Boudebouz eventually landed at Real Betis where, unfortunately, things didn’t exactly go to plan.
Arriving for just over £6m, the Algeria international never had the creative impact many expected him to, and with three goals and three assists in 41 appearances, the 28-year-old is now a loose rotation option in Quique Setién’s plans.
Seeing this a potential opportunity, Huddersfield Town allegedly made a move recently to try and sign Boudebouz.
This is what Mercato365 in France are reporting on Wednesday, claiming the Terriers were in ‘advanced negotiations’ with the La Liga outfit for a second half of the season loan, only for Jan Siewert’s new club to suddenly pull out, deciding to focus on ‘other avenues’.
Whether that has anything to do with the recent managerial change at John Smith’s Stadium isn’t explained, but there’s a good chance the German manager wasn’t on board with David Wagner’s transfer plans.
Having previously turned down a move to Bursaspor, it appears Boudebouz could need to wait until the summer to get his career back on track.
That or convince Setién he has something to offer.