Socceroos player Aaron Mooy is set to make a permanent move to Huddersfield.
Socceroos player Aaron Mooy is set to make a permanent move to Huddersfield. DAVID MARIUZ

Aaron Mooy set to become the most expensive Australian ever

AARON Mooy will become the most expensive Australian signing ever after newly promoted Huddersfield Town agreed a club record fee with Manchester City for the midfielder.

Numerous media reports said the Terriers will pay City £10 million ($16.7 million) to secure the on-loan Socceroos star on a permanent deal after he spent last season on loan at the club.

Promoted from the League Championship via the play-offs last month, Huddersfield will pay £8 million ($13.5 million) up front with a further £2 million ($3.4 million) in add-ons.

It is believed Mooy has agreed personal terms of about £35,000 ($59,000) a week. That will make him the best-paid player in the club's history.

The previous biggest transfer fees involving Australians were Mark Viduka's move from Celtic to Leeds and Brad Smith's transfer from Liverpool to Bournemouth. Both cost $10.5 million.

The capture of Mooy will smash Huddersfield's previous record fee of £1.8 million for defender Christopher Schindler last year as manager David Wagner looks to strengthen his squad.

Premier League rivals Brighton and Southampton were also believed to be interested in signing the 26-year-old Mooy, who was voted Huddersfield's player of last season.

"Right from the start they backed me and believed in me," Mooy said of Huddersfield. "When you start at a new club that's what you want from the fans and sometimes it's what you need.

"I loved playing in front of them all season long. Always big crowds and a great atmosphere, it was terrific.

"I will remember last season forever. It was a massive achievement for one of the smaller clubs in the division and nobody really expected it. I am really proud."

The deal will also represent smart business for City, who only signed him from Melbourne City last June. Mooy has failed to make a single appearance for the club.

Mooy made 51 appearances for the Terriers last season, scoring four goals and netting two penalty shootout spot kicks on Town's way to a remarkable promotion.

Wagner raved about Mooy's influence on his team last campaign.

"Aaron has been a consistently outstanding player for us, and I have said this before - he is the heart of our game," Wagner said.

"He is able to decelerate when necessary, or accelerate the game if you need it.

"Aaron is so comfortable and calm on the ball, and has developed his fighting attitude since he arrived.

"He came here as a no 10 and, usually, no 10's are not the best fighters. But now, since he played a little bit deeper, he has a great fighting attitude.

"You don't often find a player who is so comfortable on the ball and has such a battling streak to go alongside it."

Mooy is currently on international duty with the Socceroos at the Confederations Cup in Russia, but is expected to sign a contract once he returns to Yorkshire.

News Corp Australia

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