The lowdown: Championship star
The 23-year-old has been a mainstay in the Huddersfield side for the last three seasons following a loan spell at Bradford City in League One for the 2018/19 campaign.
During that time, the versatile ace has amassed 177 outings for the two Yorkshire clubs, directly contributing to 25 goals.
However, after Huddersfield missed out on promotion to the Premier League following defeat to Nottingham Forest in the playoff final, O’Brien could now be looking to move on…
The latest: Baggies interested
As per the report from TEAMtalk, West Brom and fellow second-tier outfit Sheffield United are ‘big admirers’ of the English midfielder.
Premier League sides Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leeds United are all credited with an interest, whilst newly-promoted Bournemouth and Fulham are also believed to be keen.
The report states that O’Brien – who was described as a ‘sensational’ player by Huddersfield teammate Jonathan Hogg – would be available for a £12million release clause.
The verdict: Statement signing
Having already pulled off the stellar coup of adding John Swift to the Hawthorns’ squad, West Brom would be sending out a statement to the entire league if O’Brien were to be snapped up.
Already a proven elite operator in the Championship, the Englishman stood out once again last season, earning a 7.00 Sofascore rating comprised of 2.2 tackles, 7.5 duels won and 1.1 shots on average per game – showing off impressive durability and versatility with 50 appearances across numerous positions from all competitions in the process.
As things stand, following the release of Romaine Sawyers, Baggies’ boss Steve Bruce currently has only Jake Livermore, Jayson Molumby and Alex Mowatt available as recognised central midfield options and therefore O’Brien should be considered a top target.
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