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According to Nottingham Forest reporter for The Athletic Paul Taylor, Nottingham Forest are in talks to sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien this summer.
As per the report, Taylor claims that the newly-promoted side are currently in discussions with Huddersfield to sign O’Brien and Harry Toffolo, with the club also interested in signing Morgan Gibbs-White.
Cooper needs him
It is clear that Steve Cooper wants to bolster his squad to ensure they have the best chance of retaining their Premier League status for years to come and doing so would require him to identify high-quality players that can make an instant impact on the team.
O’Brien had an outstanding season with Huddersfield last season, becoming a key player in the team which ultimately led to their fantastic campaign in the Championship and a play-off final at Wembley, only caught short of promotion in their defeat to Nottingham Forest.
Should Forest sign Lewis O’Brien?
The 23-year-old midfielder scored three goals, delivered three assists and created four big chances, making one key pass and 2.2 tackles on average per game, whilst winning the majority of his duels (56%) and was successful in completing the majority of his dribble attempts too (70%) over 43 Championship appearances.
O’Brien has been the recipient of high praise for his performances in the team last season, with former Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan hailing the player “very special” in an interview:
“He is one player who is very special in the team and is one player who deserves everything he has achieved in football as he makes everything to achieve everything( in football).”
With the ongoing pursuit to sign the player, Cooper clearly feels he needs a midfielder like O’Brien in the team who offers reliability and versatility, something that the Huddersfield gem can clearly offer as he can efficiently play in attacking, central and defensive midfield.
As a result, the signing of O’Brien would be a major coup for the Forest boss and could be a great piece of business if the midfielder can continue his form in the Premier League next season.