Sheffield United’s interest in midfielder Lewis O’Brien is still apparent, according to The Star. The Blades have previously been linked with the player before they were temporarily placed under a transfer embargo in January.
O’Brien signed for Nottingham Forest last summer as part of a £10m package deal which involved Harry Toffolo also departing from Huddersfield Town, per the BBC. However, the energetic midfielder was not happy with the lack of game time that Steve Cooper was giving him.
Therefore the 24-year-old joined DC United on loan in March. But he will now return to Nottingham Forest after Wayne Rooney’s team failed to extend his loan agreement. The midfielder would feature 18 times for DC United, assisting once and finding the back of the net on just one occasion, per Transfermarkt.
Sheffield United are in the market for central midfielders after Tommy Doyle returned to Manchester City following the end of his loan spell. It appears as though Paul Heckingbottom will soon be able to parade the addition of Tunisian international Anis Slimane.
Heckingbottom remains an admirer of the English midfielder. However, it is thought that Cooper will not currently entertain business from a direct rival. This makes United’s chance of signing O’Brien unlikely.
Despite that, if the player was to demand an exit from the City Ground this summer it could force Forest to negotiate with United.