Nottingham Forest are planning a second raid on Huddersfield to sign Lewis O’Brien, according to The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon.
The Reds are already thought to be in talks over a £2.5 million deal to sign Harry Toffolo from the Terriers this summer.
Forest beat Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final five weeks ago. Now, they’re trying to bolster their squad ahead of their maiden Premier League campaign for 23 years.
It has been reported that Forest are willing to offer £10 million for his services. Previously, it’s been suggested that such a fee is what Huddersfield deem to be an acceptable one.
O’Brien was sensational for Huddersfield last season. The 23-year-old scored 12 goals and claimed 13 assists as they enjoyed a memorable campaign.
He’s been on the radar of Leeds United for quite some time, although it does seem as though their interest may have cooled.
O’Brien is a product of the youth academy at Huddersfield and as a result, they may not want to sell the crown jewels to a rival like Leeds.
In truth, they probably don’t want to sell at all. Receiving £10 million would allow Carlos Corberan to do some serious work in the transfer market, however.
Forest plan O’Brien raid and what a signing he would be
The youngster enjoyed a stunning campaign during 2021/22 and he was a large part of everything good about Huddersfield.
Robbing the Terriers of O’Brien and Toffolo in the same transfer window would be quite something and their fans would likely be up in arms.
O’Brien would certainly solve Forest’s puzzle in the middle of the park. Midfielders are on the agenda and more than one is likely to be required.
It seems likely that Huddersfield would be prepared to do business and this is one they should be desperate to complete.
Rumour rating: 9.5/10 – If we’re honest, we’re not sure where there is a negative in this deal.
The one tiny aspect that perhaps wouldn’t be ideal is that O’Brien doesn’t have Premier League experience under his belt.
Still, he’s more than capable of stepping up and paying £10 million for a supremely talented 23-year-old can only represent a really quality investment.