Huddersfield Town have confirmed the signing of Southend United’s highly-rated midfielder Jack Payne.
Payne is a free agent after seeing out his contract at Roots Hall and turning a new deal to stay at Southend.
The 24-year-old impressed at Southend last season, scoring nine goals in 35 appearances for the Shrimpers.
A number of clubs have shown an interest in Payne, but Huddersfield have moved quickly to bring him to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Huddersfield have been locked in talks with Southend about sorting out a compensation fee for Payne rather than the deal going to a tribunal and a compromise has now been reached.
The deal was announced officially at 1:59pm via Huddersfield Town’s Twitter account.
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This was after Southend had posted a statement – which was quickly deleted – that read: “Payne had been offered an attractive new deal by Southend but has opted to join Huddersfield Town once his contract ends.
“With Jack Payne being under 24 years of age, the Blues will be entitled to compensation for the midfielder.”