Leeds United's record-breaking transfer could be hijacked as Wembley outing opens door to rival

Leeds United have been tracking Celtic star Matt O'Reilly for over a year now, with the Whites hoping to conclude a deal if they return to the Premier League. O'Reilly would have been a summer target if Leeds had kept hold of their Premier League place last season, with a number of reports tracking Leeds' interest previously.

The recently crowned Scottish Premier League champion has enjoyed a fine season north of the border, reinforcing why Leeds think so highly of the midfielder. Signed from MK Dons in January 2022, the Denmark international enjoyed a stellar campaign that included 18 goals and 13 assists, the type of return that has meant Leeds are not the only side eager to speak to the player.

With their place in the Premier League next season not known and Leeds having to first navigate the Championship play-off final against Southampton on Sunday, and then if they win, work through the process of moving on a number of players currently on loan, it could be some time before the Whites are in a position to strike a deal.

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Aware of that fact, West Ham United are looking to swoop in and try to get a deal done for the player, with reports the Hammers are prepared to table a sizeable bid for the player. Celtic are reportedly willing to sell O'Reilly if they can command the type of money they got when Kieran Tierney left for Arsenal, with the Gunners paying £25m back in 2019.

It would be a record-breaking deal if that total was topped and would also represent a huge outlay by 49ers Enterprises, although one which would be seen as good business given the potential of the 23-year-old.