The fee paid by Sheffield United for Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn will reportedly be in the region of just over £3 million, despite the suggestions it would be higher.
The Blades were understood to have had an opening bid of £3 million for the versatile midfielder rejected by Forest.
It had been reported in The Mirror (23/07, page 50), that as a result, Chris Wilder had tabled a £5 million offer for the 24-year-old, however, it appears that may have been wide of the mark.
According to Nottingham Post journalist Paul Taylor, the fee will be in the region of just above £3 million, not higher as had been suggested elsewhere.
Osborn was an important player for the Reds last season, making 44 appearances, but he has just one year left on his contract so it seems the club are happy to see him leave for a reduced fee in this transfer window.
The 24-year-old is a product of the Forest academy and has made 230 appearances for the club.
Wilder has been busy in the transfer market this summer as he prepares his squad for life in the Premier League.
The Blades appear to be keen to raid many of their opponents from last season and add some of the Championships best talent as part of their preparations.
QPR’s Luke Freeman and Preston North End’s Callum Robinson have already arrived at Bramall Lane this summer, while Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie and Brentford’s Neal Maupay have both been linked with the club.
I can understand if Forest fans are slightly aggrieved by the reported fee for Osborn but with his current deal expiring next summer they were always going to get less than his true worth.
It is undoubtedly a blow to see the 24-year-old leave given his importance to the side over the past five seasons, having made at least 36 Championship appearances in each and contributed a total of 16 goals and 31 assists in his career for the Reds.
He as also provided some vital versatility, filling in across the midfield and at left-back, but the Englishman is now getting a deserved chance in the top flight.
It is only 15 days until the transfer window slams shut, so the Reds will want this wrapped up as quickly as possible to ensure they can reinvest the money.