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Report: Leeds want Yorkshire-based midfielder, £10m needed with Newcastle United also interested

The Sun (July 4, page 60) claim that Leeds United are ready to make a move to sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien. The Championship star has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Huddersfield. The report says a fee of £10million is enough for O’Brien this summer.

The 22-year-old has already played 127 senior games in his professional career. Having broken through at Bradford City, he joined Yorkshire outfit Huddersfield in the summer of 2019. In that two seasons, he has clocked up 81 outings for the Terriers, even captaining his side at times in 2020-21.

Earlier this summer, a report said Newcastle United were taking a look at O’Brien – if they did not sign Joe Willock on a permanent basis. It is still unclear if the Toon will have Willock at their disposal next season. But what is clear, is that O’Brien is a man in demand and could join Leeds.

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Do Leeds need O’Brien?

Well, Leeds need a midfielder. One that can cover Kalvin Phillips when the England man is unavailable. Without Phillips, Leeds lost seven of nine Premier League games last term. But the midfielder in question needs to be able to play as an eight too, where Stuart Dallas has impressed recently.

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O’Brien can certainly do that. He is young, he is based in Yorkshire and a player that has played under Carlos Corberan for 12 months – the manager who took charge of Leeds Under-23’s for three seasons. Leeds need a player in his mould, but it is whether O’Brien is the required standard.

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