Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis O’Brien is wanted by Leeds United before the transfer window closes next week. The maestro looks unlikely to make the Reds’ 25-man squad again, despite being on the bench for the opening game of the season against Arsenal.

According to Alan Nixon from The Sun, Leeds are now prepared to make their move. The Whites haven’t won any of their opening three games back in the Championship and Daniel Farke is keen for more reinforcements.

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Sheffield United were said to be keen on O’Brien. However, Forest won’t do business with them as they see them as a team with a similar status to them in terms of this season’s Premier League.

The deal to sign O’Brien shouldn’t be too complex for Leeds. It’s claimed that they will either have to pay £10 million to sign him now; or take him on loan and agree to pay that fee should they win promotion this season.

Forest landed the 24-year-old from Huddersfield shortly after winning the play-offs. He made 14 appearances during the first half of the 2022/23 campaign but was bizarrely omitted from the squad after the January transfer window.

Carlos Corberan praised Forest man O’Brien before he joined the club. He called him ‘very special’ as he proved an inspirational figure during Huddersfield’s push to the Championship Play-Off Final.

Leeds want O’Brien from Forest

The Whites will have some cash to play with this summer. They’ve now been taken over by new owners and have seen several top players depart the club already.

Farke will be desperate to see the transfer window close. Every day it seems as though another club is keen on signing one of his players.

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Now, it would appear that he wants to sign O’Brien. Forest are in the market for a midfielder themselves and perhaps they will wait until they get something sorted before letting him leave.

It’s a shame that O’Brien hasn’t been able to get another chance at Forest. Ultimately the club are targeting a better quality of player in that area and perhaps the time is right to get their money back on the midfielder.

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