West Bromwich Albion recently confirmed the signing of John Swift to bolster their creative options in midfield, but the Baggies are being linked with a more defensive-minded player in Lewis O’Brien.
The 23-year-old has impressed at Huddersfield Town this season and has three years remaining on his deal, but TEAMtalk say he could leave after the Terriers lost in the Championship playoff final.
O’Brien has made 131 appearances in all competitions since rising through the youth ranks to Town’s first-team, scoring eight goals with 10 assists. He’s played in all but four of their 54 matches this season, boasting more tackles and more successful dribbles than any of his teammates, so it’s easy to see why West Brom would be keen.
The Baggies stand little chance of signing O’Brien, however, as TEAMtalk say Huddersfield are requesting £12m for the midfielder – Albion aren’t spending big money this summer. There’s also stiff competition for O’Brien too with Leeds United, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Bournemouth and Fulham interested, so West Brom can’t compete with the Premier League.
Albion finished ninth in the Championship for possession, so Steve Bruce would love a combative player like O’Brien at the Hawthorns. He might have to turn his attentions elsewhere, however.