Sources: Leeds ready 'significant' new O'Brien bid after opening offer rejected by Huddersfield
Leeds United are submitting an improved bid for Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien, Football Insider understands.
The Championship outfit rejected United’s opening offer, which this site has learned was around £2-3million.
But a Leeds source has told Football Insider that Leeds will return to the negotiating with an improved bid for O’Brien, 22, in the coming days.
The plan is for the new bid to be a “significant” one, and it will need to be for Huddersfield to cash in on one of their prize assets.
The Terriers dismissed United’s offer as “derisory” and way below their valuation of the central midfielder.
The Championship club are holding out for a significantly higher fee for the 22-year-old even though his contract expires next year.
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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 yesterday there is strong interest in O’Brien and did not deny that his former club Leeds had tabled an offer.
It is understood the midfielder is ambitious and “very keen” to join Marcelo Bielsa’s squad if a deal can be done.
It would mean him ending his lengthy association with Huddersfield, where he joined as an Under-11 and progressed through the ranks to become the star player.
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, where he won the academy player of the year in consecutive season, and also had a season on loan at Bradford City in League One.