NOTTINGHAM FOREST underdog Lewis O’Brien is back on the radar of Premier League newcomers Sheffield United.
The Blades were keen to get the midfield Dynamo in January but were unable to sign any players due to a transfer embargo.
O’Brien, 24, who is currently on loan at Wayne Rooney’s DC United in MLS, is likely to be overwhelmed again when he returns to Forest in July.
They would consider a loan deal or a permanent deal – with the only difficulty being whether to work with a direct competitor.
Blades manager Paul Heckingbottom has a reduced transfer budget despite being promoted back to the top flight.
Saudi owner Prince Abdullah is trying to supplement his coffers with additional financial support from allies in the Middle East.
O’Brien joined Nottingham Forest from Huddersfield for £10million last summer.
The midfielder made 15 appearances in his first five months at The City Ground before falling out of favor with Steve Cooper.
He joined MLS club DC United on a four-month loan in March and has recorded a goal and an assist in ten games since then.
O’Brien was quick to praise Rooney upon his arrival in Washington.
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He said DC United official website: “It’s tremendous, if you look back on my career, I’ve also played against him a few times.”
“We made a few jokes about it. I know people he managed previously at Derby and this is a perfect opportunity for me.”
“He played in a similar position to mine and I think he will make everyone he coaches a much better footballer.”
Three MLS clubs – not including DC United – have expressed interest in signing O’Brien in recent months.
New York City, Columbus Crew and Atlanta United were keen to sign him earlier this year.