Sheffield United target Lewis O’Brien is not leaving Huddersfield Town during the January transfer window.
According to Football Insider, the Blades are one of three Premier League clubs recently linked with O’Brien. The others are Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.
With O’Brien out of contract in 2022, it was thought Huddersfield would be willing to cash in on the midfielder. If the price is right.
What that equates to is unclear. But there was a £7m fee being quoted last summer when the South Yorkshire side were first linked with the 22-year-old.
However, Terriers reporter for Yorkshire Live – Steven Chicken – has debunked these latest rumours.
Who is Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien?
A product of the youth system at the John Smith’s Stadium, O’Brien has emerged as a key player over the past two seasons.
An attack-minded midfielder, he’s played 59 times for Huddersfield to date and scored three goals.
The Blades are currently in the market for a creative player in the mould of O’Brien.
Yet their targets this month are on loan. Manager Chris Wilder has made it clear no permanent signings will arrive in January.
Therefore, if they were to sign O’Brien it would have to be on a temporary deal with a view to making it permanent in the summer.
Instead, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard appears to be a much more likely prospect. That said, issues do keep arising in the pursuit of the 28-year-old.
The latest is that Tottenham Hotspur are now interested in Lingard as Jose Mourinho eyes up a reunion with the England international.
Wilder believes the Man United man has both the experience and talent to help with a relegation fight. Lingard’s advisors have also told him signing for the Blades will not hinder his chances of a high profile move in the summer.
Whatever happens, though, O’Brien won’t be arriving at Bramall Lane any time soon.