Leeds tipped to increase O'Brien bid after £13m reveal via BBC - pundit
Alan Hutton has claimed Leeds United could meet Huddersfield’s asking price to sign Lewis O’Brien in January.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites would bide their time ahead of the winter transfer window.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson confirmed Leeds had tabled four bids, the latest worth £13million.
Football Insider revealed (September 10th) Leeds will keep dialogue open over a move for the 22-year-old heading in the January window.
The midfielder remains in Marcelo Bielsa’s sights and a winter deal is a possibility.
Last month, this site revealed O’Brien had told Terriers chiefs he is “very keen” on heading to Elland Road.
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Hutton suggested Leeds could meet Huddersfield’s demands if he impresses over the next few months.
“We’ve seen Leeds go back to deals before, with Dan James and Ryan Kent,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“They don’t just go away, and you have to wait and see how things play out with injuries and any problems you need to fix.
“If you value a player at a certain amount, and the selling club is asking for well above that – fair play to Leeds for walking away. There’s no point overpaying just to bring somebody in.
“January is not that far away, so it’s not a massive wait – it’s only round the corner.
“If the player kicks on in that time and plays really well, they may increase their bid and pay the valuation – we’ll have to wait and see.
“I’m sure they’ll be monitoring things very closely.”
The midfielder has entered the final year of his contract with Huddersfield.
The Championship side has the option to extend his deal a further year.