By Mark Smith

20th Aug, 2021 | 9:30am

Phil Hay responds to if Leeds will just pull trigger on Lewis O'Brien deal

Phil Hay has responded to a question asking whether Leeds United will just pull the trigger and sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien.

The transfer saga is starting to drag on now, with the Whites appearing close one day, and back to square one the next.

It was reported by the Telegraph at the start of the week that Leeds were closing in on O’Brien, but that hasn’t progressed at all.

Speaking on the Phil Hay Show, Hay responded to the question and insisted that there must be something wrong in the background.

“Given that it must be there to be done, it’s been a strange one,” he said.

“When they switched to O’Brien, I assumed, if they were dead-set on him it would be straightforward to do. That wouldn’t be too complicated.

“Clearly there’s something in the negotiations over terms or the finances, I just don’t think Leeds think that he is an £8-£10million player.”

It is time.

If we ever needed a bigger reminder that we need reinforcements, that defeat last weekend was very timely.

Kalvin Phillips was deemed not fit enough to start, and there was no one to step into those massive boots that he left.

O’Brien may not be the huge name that everyone wanted, but he would at least be a midfield specialist who could be moulded into that role with time.

The 22-year-old is perfect in that style, and working with Carlos Corberan in recent years will have kickstarted his road to the Whites.

With less than two weeks to go, we hope to see some movement sooner rather than later.

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