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Just Who Is Jake O’Brien?

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West Ham United are reportedly considering a move for Olympique Lyonnais centre-back Jake O’Brien, according to various transfer sources. The 23-year-old Irishman has emerged as a surprise star in Ligue 1 and could be a valuable addition to the Hammers’ backline.

O’Brien, who stands at an imposing 6ft 5in, brings both size and international experience to the table. Having represented the Republic of Ireland, he possesses the composure needed for the Premier League stage.

O’Brien started his career at Irish side Cork City before moving to Crystal Palace’s academy in 2021. After gaining experience through loans, he was signed by Lyon for a mere €1 million in 2023.

Initially seen as a prospect for the future, O’Brien quickly established himself as a key player for Les Gones. Last season, he made a remarkable 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring an impressive 4 goals in Ligue 1. This tally made him Lyon’s second-highest league scorer behind only their star striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The scouting website website TFA compare O’Brien’s playing style to that of established defenders like Stefan de Vrij, Chris Smalling, and Virgil van Dijk. This suggests exceptional aerial prowess and a strong defensive presence, qualities sorely needed by West Ham.

With Lyon needing to raise funds through player sales, O’Brien, one of their most valuable assets, could be available for the right price. Transfermarkt have him valued in the region of £10m so West Ham might see this as an opportune moment to bolster their defensive options with a young, talented player.

O’Brien’s physical dominance, defensive capabilities, and surprising goal threat could significantly improve West Ham’s backline.

Go get him Mr Steidten !

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  • I'm not the answer to our right back problems says:

    After last seasons shambles of a defence, Mr Blobby would “Significantly Improve West Hams Backline”

  • Kip says:

    Would like to know how many players with have talked about and considered, and how many bids have actually been lodged for any of them…

    • You do the math says:

      6000 and 0 😂

      • Kip says:

        Exactly my friend…🤣🤣ffs just all bull **** …not sure what’s happening on here ..but not one has actually happened…..don’t come on here half as much anymore..used to be good source..now just regurgitating rumors from foreign papers…shame

        • You do the math says:

          You’re right Kip, most posts on here are days behind other sources or are just copy and pastes of more reputable sites. I’m sure 99% of the twaddle on here is just rumours told by someone walking his dog or made up rubbish just for clicks

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