Source: Major update on Leeds bid to sign O'Brien after talks this week
Leeds United are holding fresh talks this week over a potential Lewis O’Brien deal amid growing signs an agreement can be secured, Football Insider understands.
Huddersfield Town rejected United’s opening offer for the midfielder, which this site has learned was around £2-3million.
But a Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are stepping up their chase for O’Brien, 22, with further negotiations.
The plan is to submit an improved bid that will meet the requirements of the Terriers, who are adamant their prize asset will not leave cheaply.
One major factor in United’s favour is that O’Brien wants to test himself in the Premier League and is “very keen” to join Marcelo Bielsa’s squad if a deal can be done.
That has given encouragement to Leeds’ recruitment chief Victor Orta that he can be signed ahead of this month’s transfer cut-off.
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It remains to be seen if O’Brien can be signed in time to join Leeds for their season opener against Man United at lunchtime on Saturday.
The transfer would have to be registered with the Premier League by lunchtime on Friday for that to be the case.
Even if a deal is done, it would be unlikely that Marcelo Bielsa would even name O’Brien on his subs bench without hardly any training with the first team.
Football Insider revealed on 30th July that United were in preliminary talks to sign O’Brien after missing out on Conor Gallagher.
It would mean the versatile midfielder, who can play multiple positions including on both flanks as well as in a playmaker role, ending his lengthy association with Huddersfield, where he joined as an Under-11 and progressed through the ranks to become the star player.
Huddersfield manager Carlos Corberan confirmed last week there is strong interest in O’Brien and did not deny that his former club Leeds had tabled an offer.
O’Brien is out of contract at the Terriers next year, although they have the option to extend that deal by 12 months.