By Kevin Phillips

8th Aug, 2021 | 7:14pm

Leeds tipped to 'push the boat out' to sign O'Brien after new update - Phillips

Kevin Phillips has tipped Leeds United to “push the boat out” to sign Lewis O’Brien from Huddersfield Town before the transfer deadline.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker suggested the Whites may have to pay over the odds to sign the 22-year-old given that the Championship season has already started.

Leeds have prioritised the signing of O’Brien after losing out to Crystal Palace in the race to sign Conor Gallagher.

The Premier League club saw an opening bid of around £2-3million rejected by Huddersfield, who saw the amount offered as “derisory”.

As revealed by Football Insider (August 7th), Leeds are set to submit a “significant” improved bid for the centre-midfielder in the coming days.

Phillips heaped praise on O’Brien and claimed he would “definitely strengthen” Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

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“It is always difficult when you get to this stage of the transfer window and you try to sign a player,” he told Football Inisder‘s Dylan Childs.

“Huddersfield’s season has already started so Leeds will have to push the boat out a little bit more and I’m sure they will because he is a very good player.

“If we are talking about a few more million then just go and get the player because the last thing they want is the second season syndrome. They do not want to be caught short.

“A player like O’Brien would definitely strengthen their squad.

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“It is critical that Leeds get off to a good start in what is a huge game against United.

“If O’Brien came in, I think he would be a real good addition.”

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