Leeds United target Lewis O’Brien is to sign a new contract at Huddersfield Town, The Athletic’s Phil Hay reports.
The lowdown: Bielsa and Orta impressed
O’Brien’s contract had been due to expire next June, though Huddersfield did have the option to extend it for a further year (via Transfermarkt).
The club’s chairman, Phil Hodgkinson, revealed earlier this month that they received four offers from Leeds during the summer transfer window, the last of which was worth £13million (via BBC Sport West Yorkshire).
One of O’Brien’s former team-mates, Calum Woods, described him an ‘excellent player’ who ‘can actually do anything’ (via Leeds Live), so it’s no surprise to see Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta so interested.
The latest: Blow for Leeds
In a tweet, Hay told Leeds fans there has been a ‘bit of news from elsewhere’.
O’Brien, who Hay confirmed as ‘one of Leeds’ summer targets’ is set to put pen to paper on a new deal with the Terriers ‘today’.
He’ll apparently be committing himself to the Championship outfit, currently seventh in the table, until 2024.
Bit of news from elsewhere – Lewis O’Brien, one of Leeds’ summer targets, signing a new contract at Huddersfield today. Three years. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 21, 2021
The verdict: Here comes the money
We shouldn’t immediately rule out a move to Leeds just because O’Brien is signing a new contract.
It will increase his price-tag, clearly, but the Whites remain in need of another central midfielder to provide depth behind Kalvin Phillips, and the fact that Orta and Bielsa were keen enough to make four attempts in the summer suggests they won’t just drop it now.
They’ve already returned to the table three times after seeing bids rejected, and if the manager is really that desperate to fit the hard-working midfielder into his plans, it seems likely that Orta will try to negotiate once more.
All that said, it is certainly a blow for Bielsa to see a target they spent all summer pursuing signing new terms elsewhere.
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