Newcastle in trebles First clashes as race prepares for versatile midfielder

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Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United are in the race to sign Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien, according to a report.

Football insider claim that a chance to sign the 22-year-old opened after the trio spent a long time keeping tabs on his progress.

Indeed, the Terriers are now ready to sell the midfielder. And while the West Yorkshire club have insisted there is a ‘fair price’ for his exit, their decision has nonetheless sparked interest.

The source adds that while O’Brien’s summer departure is likely, a January deal is also ‘possible’.

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But the interest of Newcastle, the Eagles and the blades is in its early stages at the moment.

O’Brien, who operates primarily as a midfielder, can also play higher up the pitch and affect attack. As such, his versatility has made him a key part of the Huddersfield squad.

He has made 19 outings in all competitions, including 16 in the Championship. Indeed, after missing the first four league games, he has appeared in every game since.

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But the midfielder had already made waves in the Huddersfield academy ranks. He won the player of the season award twice before entering the roster of the first team.

And while Football insider note that he’s one of Huddersfield’s “prize” assets, they’re willing to let him go.

He entered the last two years of his contract. As such, a summer sale this year would be the best option if the player doesn’t want to stick around.

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Newcastle in the race for the striker

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Meanwhile, reports elsewhere claim that the Magpies like Montpellier striker Andy Delort.

The 29-year-old represented a purchase of almost £ 3million for Wigan in 2014, but he didn’t last long with the Latics.

Wolves are also fond of the Algeria international, who failed to score in 11 matches and was quickly dispatched on loan to Tours in France.

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