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West Ham defender Joey O'Brien joining Leeds United on loan would make perfect sense

The Irishman has admitted he could leave West Ham on loan.

West Ham defender Joey O'Brien has confirmed his desire to move away from the club this month as he returns to first-team training after a spell out with an ankle injury.

The arrival of Sam Byram from Leeds United has seen the Republic of Ireland international's chances of regular football take another knock and he confirmed to London 24 that he is open to the idea of leaving the club.

So should Leeds United make a move for the Irishman?

Here's why it makes sense.

Leeds are not currently blessed with the best options at full-back. Charlie Taylor is a top left-back whose first-team place looks certain. However an injury or illness, as was the case earlier in the season, would leave them short.

Swiss full-back Gaetano Berardi, who can play in both positions, remains on the injury list and Scott Wootton is an able worker but hardly inspiring at right-back at the moment. Lewis Coyle is a young option to consider but in reality Leeds could do with another full-back.

O'Brien can play both at left and right side of defence - offering great support for Taylor as well as a top starting option at right-back.

Leeds and West Ham can obviously negotiate with each other well, as demonstrated by the Byram deal, so they should strike while the iron is hot and have themselves an experienced Premier League international at right-back for the rest of the season.

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