By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

13th Sep, 2021 | 6:10pm

Paul Robinson reacts to Lewis O'Brien update after Leeds pursuit

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.

Paul Robinson has insisted that Lewis O’Brien signing a new contract at Huddersfield would be unwise after talks with Leeds United.

The Telegraph had reported during the window that the Whites were closing in on his signature for £7million plus add-ons but it never happened.

Alan Nixon has now shared that contract talks have been reopened, something that Robinson has warned O’Brien against.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I’d be surprised if he signs a new deal if he’s held talks with Leeds.

“If he is to sign a new deal then it would make the transfer harder for Leeds. If you’ve had a team like Leeds chasing you through a transfer window, I think you’d be unwise to sign a new deal.

“Unless he is happy and wants to stay, he’s a player that Leeds need.”

Unwise?

Signing a new contract would only increase O’Brien’s value to Huddersfield.

Any Leeds move collapsed this summer due to the gaps in valuation between both clubs, and this would only complicate that even further down the line.

One way this could benefit the Whites is if O’Brien wants a release clause in the deal should they come knocking yet again.

Leeds are crying out for a central midfielder, and the start of this season has proved that more than anything already.

Victor Orta has delivered a new winger and a left-back so now all eyes must be on another midfielder in January or next summer.

It will be intriguing to see if the Whites revisit a deal for O’Brien, and whether or not a potential new deal will bring that interest to an end.

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