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'This one has got real legs': Journalist thinks Leeds could sign 'exceptional' £10m midfielder this summer

Journalist Pete O’Rourke has backed Leeds United to sign Lewis O’Brien this summer.

The Whites have been linked with the Huddersfield midfielder over the past 12 months.

According to The Sun, Leeds enquired about O’Brien last summer, but failed to come up with a decent offer.

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Now, Elland Road boss Jesse Marsch is reportedly planning another attempt to land the 23-year-old.

O’Brien has been one of the Championship’s standout performers over the last couple of campaigns.

He helped Huddersfield reach the playoff final, but the Terriers lost to Nottingham Forest at Wembley.

The West Yorkshire club reportedly planned to offer O’Brien a new contract if they had gone up.

But now, there’s a good chance the player will step up to the Premier League without Huddersfield.

O’Brien reportedly has a £10million release clause – a bargain for a top-flight club.

And O’Rourke, writing on GiveMeSport, reckons Leeds have a good chance of bringing him to Elland Road.

“I think this one has got real legs, and you could see Leeds moving for him,” wrote O’Rourke.

“It was a real blow for Huddersfield to miss out on promotion to the Premier League.

“And it’s going to make it really hard for them now to keep hold of Lewis O’Brien, who does have a release clause in his contract as well.”

“I don’t see limits in his potential”

As well as being an incredibly talented player, O’Brien is also very versatile, which makes him the ideal Leeds target.

Carlos Corberan waxed lyrical about his player back in March, in conversation with Yorkshire Live.

“He is a brilliant player, there are two things.

“Firstly, this year he has played as number three as a left-back and a wing-back, in his best position in midfield as a number eight, as number eleven, as a ten, and even as a number seven.

“But it’s not only the fact that Lewis O’Brien can compete at a top-level every single time he plays whatever position he is on the football pitch.

“It’s how he reacts to how you make him play in different positions. There is what makes him a special player and that is the fact that means I don’t see limits in his career and I don’t see limits in his potential.

“Some players limit themselves when you move them.

“O’Brien is one player who will never limit himself because he is motivated to compete in every single space, in every single moment, in every single minute of the season.

“He does it all with a level of humility that means he is going to be an exceptional player and he is never going to stop growing.”

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