By Mark Smith

17th Aug, 2021 | 5:45pm

Alan Nixon shuts down reports Leeds closing in on Lewis O'Brien

Leeds United and their long pursuit of Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien looks set to go down to the wire.

The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that the Whites were edging closer to a £7million deal with add-ons during this window.

Those have already been shut down by Alan Nixon, who has been close to the story for weeks as it continues.

The Sun journalist was questioned on social media as soon as the story surfaced, and he moved quickly to respond.

Writing on his personal Twitter account this afternoon, Nixon shared a two-word answer that could bring us all back down to earth.

“Not really,” he wrote.

Not close?

Here we go again – there are still going to be many more twists and turns as this window drags towards its final week.

O’Brien at one moment is closing in on a move to Elland Road, and the next minute, there is no real movement.

We will get a bigger update on the whereabouts of O’Brien this evening as Huddersfield take on Preston in the Championship.

The 22-year-old is available, as per Carlos Corberan, but he has yet to return to training since testing positive for COVID-19.

It could be the final time that Huddersfield fans get to see O’Brien, but based on Nixon’s latest update, it looks as though this one could down to the very wire this month.

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