It’s been a chaotic few hours.
This morning, several outlets claimed that Forest were set to unveil both O’Brien and Huddersfield teammate Harry Toffolo.
It was claimed that everything was agreed upon and just the formalities remained to be thrashed out.
Then, Yorkshire Live claimed that the deal was off.
Terriers correspondent Steven Chicken stunned Forest fans by suggesting the deal had hit a snag.
He said that a fee wasn’t agreed upon between the two clubs.
John Percy disagreed. He tweeted in response to some worried Forest fans that O’Brien was set to be announced.
He said that personal terms had been agreed and his media interviews had been done and ready for release.
Then in true WWE style, a triple threat clash emerged; this time The Athletic journalist Dan Taylor entered the ring.
His news wasn’t good at all.
He offered supporters the devastating news that both deals were off; with Toffolo unable to agree on personal terms and Huddersfield demanding more money.
The original fee agreed was for both players and now the Reds need to pay the Terriers what they want for O’Brien.
It was claimed earlier during the transfer window, that Dean Hoyle wanted to recoup £12.5 million for the midfielder.
Although unclear what value it has, there is also a sense that O’Brien has a release clause in his contract.
The whole situation seems about as sticky as the UK weather right now and the hope will be that something can be sorted.
Journalist offers hope that O’Brien deal can be sorted
Olly Allen from the Daily Mail has waded into the Battle Royal of journalists this lunchtime.
He believes that O’Brien could still sign; despite a deal for Toffolo now looking dead in the water.
The challenge now for Forest is that they’ve got to pay the release clause just to get themselves one player.
Previously, they thought they’d got themselves two players for the price it could now take just to land O’Brien.
It will be interesting to see what happens from here.
Forest desperately need to bolster their midfield and they should do whatever it takes to land O’Brien.