Leeds United fans on Twitter have been responding to the latest claim to emerge concerning the Yorkshire club’s transfer interest in Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien during the recent summer window.
This comes after Leeds journalist Adam Pope shared a post on his Twitter page quote-tweeting a post from BBC Sport West Yorkshire that contained a video clip of an interview with Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson.
In the clip, Hodgkinson revealed that Huddersfield rejected four offers from Leeds for O’Brien during the summer window, with the fourth bid being an offer of £13 million – despite reports claiming Huddersfield had valued the 22-year-old at £10m.
This post then quickly caught the attention of a lot of Leeds supporters who were not shy in airing their thoughts and opinions on what the Huddersfield chairman had to say.
So, what did these Leeds fans have to say in response to this claim about O’Brien?
“Glad we didn’t pay that for him. Would have been disappointing at £5 million.”
“£13m you can keep him”
“Thank God we didn’t pay that, I was annoyed at no midfielder but paying that for a completely unproven lower half of the table player is madness”
“What a relief they turned it down dear me missed a bullet there”
“He’s not a £13m player. Might be after a couple of years under Marcelo”
Looking at the replies to this post, it seems as though these Leeds fans are quite glad that their club didn’t end up spending £13 million to sign O’Brien this summer, even though they apparently offered the fee to Huddersfield in their fourth attempt to sign the midfielder.
In our view, while the fact that Leeds apparently made four bids for O’Brien during the summer shows just how keen they were to add him to their squad, we feel that £13 million does seem a fairly big price to pay for a player that has only played in League One and the Championship, even though he’s only 22 and could have developed under Marcelo Bielsa.
Do you think £13m is too much for Lewis O'Brien?
Moving forward, with O’Brien’s contract at Huddersfield set to expire next summer, it will be interesting to see whether or not he signs a new deal there before then or if Leeds come back in for him at some point.