Huddersfield Town are in talks with Arsenal over extending Benik Afobe’s loan spell. The 17-year-old’s stint with The Terriers expired today, but manager Lee Clark is keen to keep the striker in Yorkshire.
Afobe has enjoyed a mixed time with Huddersfield, having failed to score in nine appearances in League One. However, the England Under 19 international has found goals elsewhere, bagging strikes in both the FA and Carling Cups. A knee injury picked up in training last week has curtailed his time with Town, but both Clarke and Benik are open to an extension.
The powerful front-man has previously admitted his frustration at the lack of playing time with Huddersfield, especially over the busy Christmas period. However, he later retracted the statement and confirmed his desire to continue to fight for the team, as the Yorkshire outfit push for promotion from League One.
It’s not yet clear whether Arsenal would allow Benik to spend the rest of the season with Huddersfield, but the striker will continue to be part of the Gunners FA Youth Cup side regardless.
Elsewhere, Hull City have re-signed Vito Mannone on loan until the end of the season, although he will not play for The Tigers until February due to injury. Cedric Evina also extended his spell with Oldham Athletic today, agreeing to stay for at least another month, on a youth loan.