By Danny Wright

3rd Jun, 2022 | 12:10pm

West Brom in hunt to sign Lewis O'Brien amid £15m+ development at Huddersfield

West Brom are unlikely to sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien due to him being valued over £15million, according to the Huddersfield Examiner.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on 3 June (back page) that Huddersfield wanted £15million for him last summer and due to an impressive 2021/22 season, they “could be looking for more now”.

It is understood that as well as O’Brien’s price-tag, Albion will struggle to sign the Essex-born midfielder as it’s unlikely he’ll want to leave Huddersfield for another Championship side.

TeamTalk reported West Brom’s interest in O’Brien on 1 June and they claimed he has a £12million release clause in his contract at the John Smith’s Stadium.

That, however, doesn’t seem to the be case, according to local media in Huddersfield.

Never in a million years

Albion barely bought any players for over £15million in the Premier League so we very much doubt that they’ll be splashing that cash while they’re in their second consecutive season in the Championship.

O’Brien is a very good player.

He was one of the driving forces behind a successful season for Huddersfield, who finished third in the 2021/22 Championship only to be beaten at Wembley in the play-off final by Nottingham Forest.

O’Brien was unfortunate to not win a penalty in the 1-0 defeat to Forest as promotion would have been just what the central midfielder deserved after a stunning campaign.

As quoted by ExaminerLive on 18 March, Terriers boss Carlos Corberan called O’Brien an “exceptional player” who “is never going to stop growing”.

He’s slot straight into West Brom’s starting line-up based on the miserable seasons Jake Livermore, Alex Mowatt and Jayson Molumby had and while John Swift has added some attacking nouse to Albion’s central options, they still need more quality in that area of the pitch.

Steve Bruce has done well to sign Swift after his contract expired at Reading.

But Albion’s summer has a way to go before it can be considered to be successful.

Signing O’Brien would have helped but never in a million years are the club going to spend that kind of money on a player in the Championship.

In other West Brom news, a staff member has quit the Albion to join Wolves.

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