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Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United are in the running to sign Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien, according to a report.
Football Insider claims an opportunity to sign the 22-year-old was opened after the trio spent a long period of time monitoring their progress.
In fact, the Terriers are now willing to sell the midfielder. And while the West Yorkshire club has insisted there is a “fair price” for his departure, his decision has sparked interest.
The source adds that while O’Brien is likely to leave in the summer, a January deal is “possible” as well.
But the interest of Newcastle, the eagles and the blades it is in its infancy right now.
O’Brien, who operates primarily as a midfielder, can also play higher on the field and affect attack. As such, his versatility has made him a key part of the Huddersfield team.
He has made 19 starts in all competitions, including 16 in the Championship. In fact, after missing the first four league games, he has appeared in every game since.
But the midfielder had already made waves in the ranks of the Huddersfield academy. He won the player of the season award twice before entering the first team setup.
And while Football Insider notes that he is one of Huddersfield’s “award-winning” assets, they are willing to let him go.
He has entered the last two years of his contract. As such, a summer sale this year would be the best option if the player is not willing to stay.
Newcastle in the race for the forward
Meanwhile, reports elsewhere claim the Magpies are interested in Montpellier forward Andy Delort.
The 29-year-old was a nearly £ 3 million purchase for Wigan in 2014, but it didn’t last long with Latics.
The Wolves are also interested in the Algerian international, who failed to score in 11 appearances and was quickly sent on loan to Tours in France.