Nottingham Forest have confirmed that midfielder Ben Osborn has left the club to join Premier League newcomers Sheffield United.
Osborn sealed his move on Friday afternoon for a reported fee in the region of £3.5million plus add ons, and he has become Chris Wilder’s sixth signing of the summer as the Blades prepare for their Premier League return.
The 24-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Blades to bring to an end his 16 years as a Nottingham Forest player after he progressed through the club’s academy ranks, following his move from Derby County aged eight.
He departs the City Ground having made 230 appearances and scored 20 goals for the Reds since making his first-team debut back in March 2014.
Osborn shared an emotional goodbye message to supporters via his Twitter account soon after the move’s completion:
— Ben Osborn (@OsbornOn1) July 26, 2019
In the post, Osborn described Forest as all he has ever known since he was eight years old, but said it was the right time for him to move on after his “emotional” spell at the club.
This is a classy message from Osborn which clearly reflects the difficulty of his decision given how much the club means to him.
It is refreshing to see a player speak so openly about his time at the club following his departure, with Osborn conceding that some Forest supporters will be pleased to see the back of him.
I think this should work out to be the right move for both parties, as Osborn will get the chance to play in the top-flight and Forest will be able to recoup a decent fee for one of their academy players.
Osborn is a top professional who always gives his all on the pitch, so I think he will go on to succeed with his new club in the Premier League.