By Mark Smith

23rd Sep, 2021 | 9:15am

Graham Smyth suspects Lewis O'Brien release clause lower than £13m

Leeds United and their pursuit of Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien became somewhat the saga of the summer.

Terriers chairman Phil Hodgkinson recently came out and shared that a bid of £13million had been made for the 22-year-old.

That was denied by the Whites, with O’Brien since going on to sign a new contract at the John Smith’s Stadium this week.

Graham Smyth has reacted to the news and even shared that the new deal includes a release clause for interested parties.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist shared how much it could be worth.

“Suspect his new buy out clause falls some way short of £13m, but good for him,” he wrote.

“Didn’t get a Premier League move, got an improved deal and on his current trajectory has a real chance of going to the top flight at some stage.”

Needed?

Looking at the options in the squad right now, it is hard to disagree that we could have done with O’Brien in the summer.

Stuart Dallas has been forced to drop to right-back recently, leaving Mateusz Klich as our only senior midfield option ahead of Kalvin Phillips.

Having that extra man on the bench at Newcastle could have been vital in the heart of the pitch, with our under-23s all that Marcelo Bielsa has right now in reserve.

Given that the release clause could be much lower than the suggested £13million, it could motivate the Whites to go back in for a move in January.

O’Brien will surely have wanted assurances that he would have been able to join a Premier League club if they came calling, and this clause should allow that.

Huddersfield may be happy to have their star man on longer terms, but this opens the door wide open for Victor Orta to take advantage.

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