Crystal Palace want to sign either Watford’s Will Hughes and Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien but not both, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Leeds United have been linked with the latter throughout the current window but last week reports suggested Palace are keen to hijack the move, as they did for Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher.
Palace’s stance on the 22-year-old has been clarified, with Nixon indicating that the south London club are targetting both him and Hughes but will only sign one of the pair as Patrick Viera looks to bolster his midfield.
The latter is out-of-favour at Watford after turning down a contract offer and is understood to have been training with the U23s.
O’Brien, meanwhile, has missed the Terriers’ first two Championship games of the season due to an isolation period but looks set to play an important role for Carlos Corberan this term – having played in all but four of their league games in 2020/21.
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It appears O’Brien is not Palace’s only midfield target, with Hughes also being considered and the south London club only keen to sign one of them.
That seems like good news for Leeds as it suggests Viera and co. may prefer to look elsewhere rather than get involved in a bidding war with the Whites.
The 22-year-old is certainly going to be a player to watch in the last few weeks of the window with his future likely to be decided in that period.
O’Brien may be in the final year of his contract but the Yorkshire club have a one-year option, which gives them some added flexibility in negotiations.
Even so, with Leeds now said to be readying an offer near their valuation they should be making contingency plans for his exit.