By Wayne Veysey

6th Aug, 2021 | 5:51pm

Leeds United bid for O'Brien dismissed as 'derisory' by Huddersfield - Sources

The rejected Leeds United bid for Lewis O’Brien was no more than £3million, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site broke the news yesterday that Huddersfield Town had knocked back an offer from United for their central midfielder.

A source with knowledge of O’Brien’s situation has told Football Insider that the bid was between £2-3million and was instantly dismissed as “derisory” by Huddersfield.

The Championship club are holding out for a significantly higher fee for the 22-year-old even though his contract expires next year.

Football Insider revealed on 30th July that United were in preliminary talks to sign O’Brien after missing out on Conor Gallagher.

Huddersfield manager Carlos Corberan confirmed today there is strong interest in O’Brien and did not deny that his former club Leeds had tabled an offer.

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It is understood the midfielder is keen to join Marcelo Bielsa’s squad if a deal can be done but Leeds will need to tempt their Yorkshire rivals with a bigger offer.

O’Brien is believed to be ambitious and wants to play Premier League football.

That gives hope to the Whites that the central midfielder can be lured to Elland Road by the transfer cut-off at the end of this month.

Much will depend on whether Leeds can match Huddersfield’s asking price for their academy product.

O’Brien is out of contract at the Terriers next year, although they have the option to extend that deal by 12 months.

He has made 81 appearances for Town since graduating from their youth set-up, which have yielded five goals and seven assists from midfield, and also had a season on loan at Bradford City in League One.

In other news, Kieran Maguire cites £50m deal as ‘flying’ Leeds United land new recruit.