Journalist says Leeds could really sign £10m player, Bielsa personally scouted him last week

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Phil Hay has revealed that Lewis O’Brien is pretty much there for the taking if Leeds United want to sign him.

Leeds are heavily linked with a move for the Huddersfield Town midfielder.

According to The Sun, the Whites are even in talks with their Yorkshire rivals but a deal is yet to be completed.

And with there only being three weeks left in the transfer window, time is becoming very much of the essence for Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta.

But Hay, who covers Leeds for The Athletic, revealed on his podcast that this is a transfer that the Elland Road club could complete, adding that Bielsa even watched him in the flesh last week.

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He said: “They are in for O’Brien at Huddersfield. Good player – again, another player who people might think well, not a lot of showbiz there, but he’s somebody who Bielsa evidently likes. Bielsa was there for the League Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend. That one looks like it’s there to be done if Leeds actually want to push it through.”

How much could Leeds pay?

If the Terriers get their way, United could pay as much as £10 million for the player.

And you can understand Leeds’ reluctance because it’s quite a steep fee.

Yes, they’re a Premier League club these days and can afford these premiums.

But O’Brien only has two full seasons of Championship football under his belt and if Leeds were still in the second tier, they may not be getting quoted such a figure.

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