ROLANDO AARONS’ proposed deadline-day move to Huddersfield Town might have collapsed at the last minute last week, but the Championship club are determined to rekindle their interest in order to sign the Newcastle United forward in January.

Aarons spent most of last Friday at Huddersfield’s West Yorkshire training ground attempting to force through a move to the John Smith’s Stadium.

The winger successfully completed a medical, but a last-minute snag delayed the submission of the relevant paperwork and, in the end, Aarons’ registration was not completed ahead of the 5pm deadline.

As a result, he returned to the North-East, and with Steve Bruce already having decided the 24-year-old will not be featuring in his 25-man Premier League squad, Aarons now faces at least ten weeks of enforced inactivity.

The winger will train with the Magpies’ Under-23s, and his understandable frustration at Friday’s unfortunate turn of events is shared by the hierarchy at Huddersfield.

“The deal for Rolando was ready to go, but we didn’t need to fill that position if the deal for Karlan (Grant, to West Brom) didn’t go through,” said Huddersfield owner Phil Hodgkinson, in an interview with Yorkshire Live. “Ultimately, it didn’t go through until Thursday, at which point we set everything in motion with Rolando.

“He was already in the area, we did his medical on Friday, and we got on with the process and it was ready to go. It was just unfortunate that something happened very, very late on with minutes to go that meant that we just couldn’t do it.”

Aarons entered the final year of his contract in the summer, and given that he has not featured in a first-team game for Newcastle since December 2017, there is no chance of him being offered a new deal on Tyneside.

Newcastle officials could initiate discussions to pay up his contract now, but given that the start of the January transfer window is just ten weeks’ away, they are set to sit tight in the knowledge that Huddersfield remain determined to complete a transfer at the start of next year.

“We want to make sure we’re signing the right players that make us better, and we believed Rolando would do that,” added Hodgkinson. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done, but we are still confident that he’s the right player.

“He’s our top target, he remains so, and what we’d rather do is get through the next ten weeks to January and get it done then rather than bring in somebody that maybe doesn’t tick all the boxes Rolando did.”