Middlesbrough are set to beat Leeds United to the signing of Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis O’Brien before Friday’s deadline, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The midfielder has also been the subject of enquiries from Ipswich Town and Coventry City but it now appears as though he will be heading for the Riverside Stadium.
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.
A poor start
Michael Carrick’s side have had a disappointing start to the campaign for the second season in a row. Middlesbrough sit 22nd in the Championship after just four matches and has taken just a single point so far.
This point came against Huddersfield Town, but have also lost against Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and a heavy away defeat against Coventry City in a repeat of last season’s play-off semi-final.
What’s been said?
According to Alan Nixon, Middlesbrough’s deal in terms of cash has allowed them to swing the battle in their favour, ahead of the other three interested sides.
Coventry and Ipswich haven’t been confirmed as pursuing a move, despite an enquiry whilst Leeds United have reportedly ‘backed off’ and have turned their attention elsewhere.
After losing Ramsey and Archer following the expiry of their loan deals, Middlesbrough have been in desperate need of reinforcements and O’Brien will be an excellent addition for Michael Carrick’s men.
The midfielder ripped up the Championship with Huddersfield Town and is exactly the type of player that the club have been crying out for so far this season and I expect him to excel.