Speaking on the latest edition of The Daily Leeds, presenter Joe Wainman offered some inside knowledge of Leeds United’s pursuit of Lewis O’Brien.
Leeds have only managed to bring in three new players this summer in the form of Jack Harrison, Kristoffer Klaesson and Junior Firpo, but they are heavily linked with a move for Huddersfield Town’s midfielder O’Brien, who is just 22 years old but would arrive with 80 appearances in the Championship under his belt.
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It was evident last year that Leeds did not have sufficient cover for Kalvin Phillips as they only won twice in their nine Premier League games that the England international missed, so a new central midfielder who may be happier playing as second-choice to Phillips could still be high up on Marcelo Bielsa’s wish list.
Wainman spoke about where Leeds stand in their pursuit of O’Brien.
“I have it on good authority, a little bit of ITK for you, that Leeds United have agreed a fee with Huddersfield Town.
“I believe it was done yesterday, I can’t be privy to how much, if it does include a player – but I think by the sounds of it, it looks like it is just going to be cash and whether it will be close to £10m, I’m not sure.
“It seems hefty, but Leeds have that money, we need a midfielder, Lewis O’Brien’s liked by Bielsa. He wants him in the door, he’s seen him numerous times and it looks like that one’s going to be done.”
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Bielsa appears to be eyeing up O’Brien up as an alternative to Conor Gallagher, who Leeds missed out on to Crystal Palace, but with the Terriers having already rejected one bid from Leeds, the Championship club don’t appear to be wanting to part ways with their midfielder.
It’s a clearly different window this summer for Leeds compared to last year when they spent close to £100 million, as this time around, they’ve spent just £26.82 million (as per Transfermarkt) as Bielsa looks to add strength in depth where he sees fit in critical areas, like left-back and central midfield.