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Leeds United plotting January transfer swoop for Lewis O’Brien

Leeds United are plotting a January transfer move for Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien.

What’s the story?

Marcelo Bielsa’s side failed in their attempts to sign the 22-year-old in the summer, with The Athletic’s Phil Hay reporting that the Whites simply did not want to pay the money that the Terriers were demanding.

Football Insider have now claimed that, despite failing to agree a deal before transfer deadline day, the Elland Road club will continue talks over these comings week over signing O’Brien in the January window instead.

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The report adds that the midfielder is desperate to join Bielsa’s side.

Bielsa will be delighted

When news emerged of Leeds’ interest in O’Brien, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell delivered his seal of approval over a potential late move for the 22-year-old this summer.

He said: “They are weaker without Kalvin Phillips in there, for sure.

“The Man United game, I thought they’d have lost without him anyway. But he is so important to them and it is massive for Leeds to have him back. But O’Brien does stiffen that midfield up. He’s a really, really good player. I think they will definitely look to strengthen.”

Former Huddersfield shot-stopper Matt Glennon has raved about the 22-year-old’s work rate, adding: “He closes down until the 95th, 96th minute, still running to the corners, stopping defenders, he’s got unlimited energy.

“Lewis O’Brien wants to put the hard yards in and wants to be at the very top of where he can get to. He’s one of those lads who works ridiculously hard which, for me, is your minimum in any league, but he’s got that quality, the drop of a shoulder, that strength to keep people off him, a low centre of gravity to glide past people, arm aloft when they try to knock him off the ball.”

This latest update on Leeds’ fresh move for the 5 foot 8 dynamo is sure to have Bielsa buzzing.

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