By Mark Smith

9th Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Phil Hodgkinson businesses fall into administration, Leeds could take advantage with Lewis O'Brien

Leeds United and their longstanding story with Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien looks set to continue.

The Whites failed with numerous bids over the summer as they looked to reinforce their midfield at Elland Road.

Things took another twist this week it was shared that Terriers owner Phil Hodgkinson has come into some financial trouble.

Football League World have reported that a number of the businesses owned by Hodgkinson have actually gone into administration.

It is suggested that supporters have been left extremely worried that this could lead to some big exits in January and beyond.

His shares in those companies are actually held by another entity that aren’t connected to those taken away from him.

The Sun also reported over the weekend that O’Brien could now be available for only £10million.

Time to move?

We saw how the return of Adam Forshaw boosted the Whites on Sunday against Leicester, and now we need a permanent solution.

Although we were delighted to see him return from his injury hell at Elland Road, there is always the concern that it could return very easily.

O’Brien could be the long-term answer to all of these problems.

Mateusz Klich is slowly declining too, and this has to be the priority alongside another striker over the next couple of windows.

Should this financial trouble continue for Hodgkinson, he could find it incredibly tough to turn down any sort of seven-figure fee shot his way.

Victor Orta will be watching this one very closely, and he’ll be ready to take advantage at any stage – fingers crossed.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson has dropped a huge transfer claim on one Whites star with an imminent exit on the cards