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Sheffield United linked with Huddersfield's Lewis O'Brien again - How likely is a deal?

Sheffield United have been linked with Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien once again.

According to Football Insider, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are also among the trio of Premier League clubs considering a move for O’Brien.

Huddersfield are thought to be willing to cash in on the 22-year-old during the January transfer window. If the price is right.

While O’Brien has become a key player for them since progressing from their academy, he’s also out of contract in 2022.

The Terriers would therefore consider selling their prized asset now in order to reap the financial benefits.

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In terms of a fee, when the Blades were first linked with O’Brien last summer £7m was being banded around.

This would probably be considered a fair price for a youngster impressing in the Championship.

Why United are unlikely to sign Lewis O’Brien

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His ability to play as both a central midfielder and in a more advanced role makes O’Brien an appealing prospect for the Blades.

They want to sign a creative midfielder during the current window.

Jesse Lingard has been linked with a loan move from Manchester United. However, Lingard now apparently has concerns about joining a relegation fight.

Therefore O’Brien fits the bill. But a deal for the Huddersfield man still seems unlikely.

That’s because manager Chris Wilder has previously said he hopes to sign two players in January. And both of them will be loans.

The only possible way around this was if United offered to sign O’Brien on loan with a view to making it permanent in the summer.

But whether he would want to join a club that could soon be joining the Terriers in the Championship is another matter.

The Blades are currently bottom of the table and nine points from safety.

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