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Negotiations revealed after Leeds failed to secure Huddersfield midfielder


Huddersfield president confirms four Leeds offers for Terriers midfielder who 'wants to play for Bielsa'

Lid lifted for Leeds foul to secure Lewis O’Brien

Huddersfield Town club president Phil Hodgkinson looked to the airwaves recently when he appeared on BBC Radio Leeds to discuss the many attempts by Leeds United football director Victor Orta to bring in central midfielder Lewis O’Brien to Elland. Road during the summer transfer window.

Leeds was desperate to join the first team with Marcelo Bielsa this summer after a successful promotion campaign, and Orta tried not once, not twice, but four times, to secure the services of the 22-year-old Huddersfield academy graduate. with a final offer of up to £ 13 million.

To make matters more frustrating, O’Brien himself is said to be eager to pursue his trade at Elland Road and would love the opportunity to play with Bielsa. Missing out on such an affordable player would certainly be a frustrating saga in an incredibly important summer window.

Speaking to the BBC, Hodgkinson exposed the situation and why the Terriers ended up without parting ways with the Colchester native;

“To be honest with you, it had nothing to do with the valuation. The fourth offer we rejected was for £ 13 million. The problem was not the valuation, the problem was the structure of the offer, so what I have to consider, having spoken with Lewis, [was] Lewis He wanted to play football, that’s what Lewis wants to do, and it’s great to hear it.

From my perspective, it’s about how much of that £ 13 million is guaranteed, it’s about how much are add-ons and what those add-ons are made of. It’s also about the amount of cash you’re getting through the door because we were under no illusions and were looking to replace Lewis.

We would have been paying seven figures, seven significant figures, to replace Lewis, and coming out of Covid we had to make sure that the money we received through the door covered what we had to pay to replace Lewis.

So the reality was, it wasn’t the amount, £ 13 million was the fourth offer that we turned down, it was the structure that we turned down. It didn’t work out for us as a football club, and my concern was that Leeds would not go up to the structure we wanted, which was reasonable. Even the player’s agent said so.

That told me I was going to Leeds as a squad player, because if you want someone and you want them to come and play in the Premier League [you meet the seller’s demands]. We weren’t that far apart in terms of the guaranteed quantity and the structure of the add-ons, we weren’t that far apart, it was actually a million pounds. “

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Missed an opportunity to add depth in central midfield

Recent news of Leeds U-18 star Joe Snowdon’s training with the Whites’ first team during the international break gives weight to the idea that Marcelo Bielsa is looking for central options in a 2021-22 Premier League campaign in which Leeds hoped to build on its superlative position. -Promotion campaign last semester.

Bielsa has just four midfielders to turn to this season, with key central duo Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich supported by Jamie Shackleton and Adam Forshaw; Just awesome reading for a side wanting to push higher on the table.

Huddersfield president confirms four Leeds offers for Terriers midfielder who 'wants to play for Bielsa'

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Such is the situation that players like Rodrigo, Stuart Dallas, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk have substituted in midfield or as a midfielder since last season, and while Snowdon has impressed with their recent coaching opportunity, the need for Leeds to stop their lack of central depth is certainly urgent.


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