Leeds United target O'Brien agrees new Huddersfield deal - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

21st Sep, 2021 | 10:31am

Sources: O'Brien agrees new Huddersfield contract after four Leeds United bids

Lewis O’Brien has agreed the terms of a new Huddersfield Town contract after multiple Leeds United bids, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Yorkshire giants strongly pursued the midfielder during the summer and it has been confirmed they tabled four bids in total.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Huddersfield have moved to tie down O’Brien, 22, to a new deal and terms have now been finalised.

He is set to put pen to paper on a new three-year contract.

O’Brien’s current agreement is due to expire at the end of the season.

It will be regarded as a huge coup for Huddersfield that they have managed to persuade the central midfielder to commit his long-term future to the club where he has graduated from the youth ranks.

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It will also be a blow to Leeds, who made extensive attempts during the recent transfer window to sign O’Brien.

Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson has revealed he rejected a series of bids from Leeds culminating in a package worth £13m in total.

But he explained to the BBC and Yorkshire Live that the issue was the structure of the final bid, including how much of the cash was guaranteed and how much was made up performance-related add-ons.

Football Insider first broke the news on 30th July that United were in preliminary talks to sign the midfielder and revealed on 13th August that O’Brien is very keen to link up with Bielsa’s side.

They had made a concerted push for Conor Gallagher but he joined Crystal Palace instead.

O’Brien has made eight appearances for Town this season, starting six of their last Championship matches in succession.

In other news, Danny Mills predicts a “£70million Leeds United profit” as “huge” talks get underway.