Nottingham Forest have received three further loan offers for midfielder Lewis O’Brien, despite interest from Leeds United according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The midfielder has recently returned to the City Ground following the conclusion of his loan spell with MLS side DC United and Forest is keen to offload O’Brien this summer whether it permanently or a loan with an obligation to buy deal.
Who is Lewis O’Brien?
The 24-year-old began his career with Huddersfield Town, rising through the ranks along with a loan stint at Bradford City. During the 2021/22 season, O’Brien came within touching distance of taking his side into the Premier League, before he left to join Nottingham Forest.
However, O’Brien fell out of favour at the City Ground and has since been in America. He made 19 appearances in the MLS, contributing to two goals.
Leeds United have held a long-term interest in the midfielder but now faces significant competition from three additional second-tier sides.
Ipswich Town, Middlesbrough and Coventry City have all enquired about the midfielder’s services. Nottingham Forest wants to sell O’Brien or loan him out with the promise that the loan club will permanently sign him next summer.
Back to winning ways
Leeds United return to Championship action on Saturday at home to Sheffield Wednesday, fresh from their 4-3 win against Ipswich Town.
Before that, the club were winless all season, drawing to Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion as well as a defeat against Birmingham City at St. Andrews. However, the club now sit 13th in the Championship table.
O’Brien has proven that he has the capabilities of being one of the division’s best players and he would be a major asset to any club, but if Leeds United missed out it would be a major blow.
I would imagine that Forest are looking to make back what they spent which is in the region of £8 million, which in my opinion is a very reasonable fee.