Leeds United presenter Joe Wainman has been sharing his thoughts on the latest news to emerge concerning the latest news regarding the Yorkshire club’s interest in signing Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien.
After it was recently reported in The Sun (via Leeds Live) that Leeds are readying a bid for around £7 million for O’Brien, Wainman had this to say on the matter.
He said: “Do I think £7 million will be accepted? Yes, I do. If we are going to table that bid, and maybe the loss against ‘that team’ [on Saturday] has pushed that through.
“I do think Lewis O’Brien will be done this week, and we need it, really. We’ve got the international break in a couple of weeks’ time, unfortunately, but we will play Everton, we play Burnley and then we’ve got a break, which will give time for these players to be ready for when Liverpool comes around, and hopefully, we can complete the signature of Lewis O’Brien.
“I think they’ll accept that £7 million, because I know they wanted £10 million and then Phil [Hay] mentioned it was around about £8 million, well £7 million’s a million shy, and Huddersfield are in the Championship, it’s a lot of money.
“I think that gets accepted and Lewis O’Brien will become a Leeds United player this week.”
Since then, the 22-year-old centre-midfielder, who is currently valued at £2.7 million according to Transfermarkt, has made 82 appearances for the Terriers across all competitions, scoring five goals and providing seven assists in the process.
TIF Thoughts on Joe Wainman’s comments on a potential move to Leeds for O’Brien…
Given how the midfield trio of Mateusz Klich, Robin Koch and Rodrigo that started Leeds’ recent 5-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford picked up quite a bit of criticism for their performances at the weekend, it’s easy to see why the club are reportedly looking to add another midfield figure to their squad such as O’Brien to strengthen that position.
Would you be happy if O'Brien joined Leeds?
In our view, if Leeds are set to make a bid for O’Brien, this says to us that they are convinced he has what it takes to make a difference to their team, which we feel needs to happen based on the midfield performance against the Red Devils.
Also, with his relatively young age, O’Brien could potentially be a rather long-term figure at the club if he signs and gets a good chance to prove himself on the pitch.