The Reds are also interested in Harry Toffolo but it’s a deal for O’Brien that looks to be closer at this stage.
O’Brien was instrumental last season as Huddersfield reached the play-off final. He made exactly 50 appearances and helped the Terriers defy the odds.
Of course, nobody needs a reminder of what happened in that showpiece final. To cut a long story short, Forest are gearing up for a season in the Premier League and Huddersfield aren’t.
O’Brien is a product of the Huddersfield academy and losing him for £10 million will hurt. In truth, it will feel like someone has broken into the house on Christmas Day and stolen all the presents from under the tree.
Forest are actually hoping of securing a double deal. The offer made is around £12.5 million for both O’Brien and Toffolo.
Owner Dean Hoyle is haggling though. He wants around that fee for O’Brien with a £2.5 million valuation placed on the head of the left-sided wing-back.
Regardless, it does seem as though Forest will get their men. The midfielder and the defender have a desire to play in the Premier League and both players look likely to end up at Forest.
Forest hoping to sign O’Brien and he could be a quality signing
The statistics would tell you that Forest are getting one of last season’s best midfielders in the Championship.
Who Scored claims that he made 96 tackles, 1443 passes and 77 successful dribbles. The latter of those three pieces saw him claim more than double of the player in second for the whole division.
O’Brien loves to drive forward with the ball. He can pass it and he’s also not afraid to get stuck into challenges.
This is the clever recruitment strategy that Forest have been desperately craving for several years.
Landing O’Brien has to be seen as a coup and at £10-12 million, Forest might be getting themselves an actual steal.
Carlos Corberan was a big fan of the 23-year-old. He called him ‘exceptional’ in March ahead of a huge game against Bournemouth.
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Had you asked Forest players to make a list of three Championship stars you’d like to poach if promotion was secured, O’Brien would be right near the top.
He’s got such a bright future ahead of him and under Steve Cooper, the boy could really kick on even further.
You know what to do, Forest.