Leeds United had a £13million bid for Lewis O’Brien rejected in the summer, according to Huddersfield Town chairman Phil Hodgkinson.
The Lowdown: Leeds constantly linked with move
The Whites ended up having a productive summer, bringing in the likes of Junior Firpo and Daniel James, but they failed to find a quality midfielder who can allow players like Kalvin Phillips to rest and rotate.
Leeds were continually linked with a move for Huddersfield’s O’Brien, but he ended up staying put at the Championship club.
The Latest: Chairman makes big claim
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Hodgkinson has claimed that the Whites bid as much as £13million for O’Brien.
You couldn’t get a much closer source than the Terriers’ chairman himself, delivering a nine-word verdict and confirming that Huddersfield rejected the approach:
“The fourth offer we rejected was for thirteen million.”
The Verdict: Overpriced?
While O’Brien is a young player who has shone in the Championship, winning Huddersfield’s Player of the Year award in 2019/20, £13million seems a lot of money to spend on a player who will ultimately be arriving as back-up, rather than a first XI option.
The 22-year-old remains unproven at the top level and he would likely have come in as a squad player, providing opportunities to rest Phillips now that the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ is featuring regularly through international breaks.
It may be that Leeds come back in for O’Brien in the January transfer window or next summer, but there is a feeling that he could be overpriced if they are willing to spend that amount again.
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