The Daily Mail reports that Premier League new boys Huddersfield Town are set to make Reims defender Julian Jeanvier their first signing of the summer. The 25-year-old was named the best defender in the French Ligue 2 division last season, sparking interest in the Frenchman.
Jeanvier is capable of playing at either centre back or left back, but this is certainly an area David Wagner is looking to strengthen in the coming weeks. Reims missed out on promotion but Jeanvier was part of the third-best defensive record in their division. Huddersfield themselves possessed one of the best defensive records in the Championship, with fellow promoted duo Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion only achieving a better tally.
Predominantly a central defender, Jeanvier therefore will go up against the likes of Christopher Schindler, Michael Hefele, Mark Hudson and co for a place in Wagner’s team. Following a 45 year absence from the top flight of English football, the Terriers are keen on staying their for the long haul and intend to be shrewd in the transfer market.
Reims manager David Guion will understandably be disappointed to lose his star defender, who made 30 appearances for the club last season. They signed him from Lille for just under £500,000, but only has a year remaining on his contract at the Stade Auguste Delaune. The club are likely to receive a fee much higher than this. Also in his career he has played for Nancy, Mouscron and Red Star. Huddersfield of course would be his first venture into English football but does arrive with a promising reputation.