Leeds United back in hunt to sign Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O'Brien, valued £15m
Leeds United have reignited their interest in Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien despite him signing a new deal, according to TeamTalk.
The news outlet reports that Leeds made a £13million bid to sign O’Brien, 23, back in the summer but Huddersfield wanted at least £15million for the central midfielder.
Since then, O’Brien has penned a new four-year deal but Leeds are still set to be hot on his heels during the January transfer window.
They’re not the only ones though. TeamTalk adds that Newcastle, Wolves, Burnley and Norwich are also readying bids.
O’Brien’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season back when Leeds were eyeing a moe for him in the summer.
He’s a young, English midfielder who’s never played above the Championship level and isn’t really someone who’s stood out before to those outside of Huddersfield Town.
That’s why we really doubt Leeds bid £13million for him in the summer. Huddersfield would have definitely snapped Victor Orta’s arm off for that sum of money.
On August 13, The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported that Huddersfield wanted £8million for O’Brien, which seems far more realistic that the near-double amount of money that TeamTalk claims was being demanded. That £13million bid – if it did happen – surely would have been accepted.
It’s likely that Huddersfield’s valuation is around that £15million mark now though as they’ve managed to secure O’Brien to a new contract.
But should Leeds be aiming higher than O’Brien?
We honestly don’t see how he’d get into the starting line-up over Adam Forshaw, Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas when they’re all fit.
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