By Mark Smith

17th Aug, 2021 | 5:15pm

Lewis O'Brien still missing from Huddersfield training, close to Leeds move

Leeds United are closing in on the signing of Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien this week.

The Telegraph have reported that the Whites are edging closer to agreeing a £7million deal with add-ons in the near future.

Marcelo Bielsa has been a big fan of the 22-year-old all summer and has even personally scouted the midfielder.

There has been another update on Tuesday.

O’Brien has been missing from training in West Yorkshire according to the Express, despite Carlos Corberan confirming that he could return to the squad this evening.

Huddersfield play Preston, and given that the young talent has yet to train after being cleared of COVID-19, it would be a surprise to see him feature.

Corberan shared he was available, so having said that, he should have been in training, unless a move is close.

No show.

Surely, if O’Brien was wanting to stay at Huddersfield, he would have been back training at the first opportunity he was able to.

Instead, he has not done that and will likely be missing this evening.

That is set to spark more updates, and hopefully, the news that he has waved goodbye to one part of West Yorkshire for the other.

Leeds proved over the weekend they are desperate for more depth in midfield, with Kalvin Phillips’ missing out and watching his side demolished.

Robin Koch can now concentrate on defending, and O’Brien can hopefully arrive before the Everton clash – these things could move very quickly.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites’ want for major signing could drag on into 2022 – Graham Smyth