Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn could reportedly join Sheffield United in the next 24 hours after significant progress has been made on the deal and Forest fans appear split ahead of his exit.
Osborn made 44 appearances for the Reds last season, scoring twice and providing six assists, and was utilised in both defence and midfield.
The Blades were reported to have had a first offer of £3 million rejected but it appears the 24-year-old’s move to Bramall Lane is now close.
According to Nottingham Post journalist Paul Taylor, significant progress has been made over his move and the deal could be completed within the next 24 hours.
Osborn has just one year left on his current contract with Forest and it seems the club are keen to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.
The Reds academy graduate made his debut for the club in 2014 and has gone on to make 230 appearances.
New Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has indicated that he would prefer Osborn to stay at the club but the latest developments have divided the City Ground faithful.
Read the reaction of Reds fans here:
Criminally under appreciated by a huge bulk of the fans. Will be difficult to replace and hope he proves everybody wrong. #NFFC
— Dan (@BraceDaniel) July 23, 2019
Sad in a way but fully understand that the move is perfect for all parties. Pity it is the blades though ???? joining up with a couple of Notts boys Freeman & McGoldrick. East Midlands footballers growing in the Prem.
— Grant (@Grantnffc1) July 23, 2019
the disrespect he receives from our fan base is ridiculous! I wish him all the best
— Stan Williams (@StanWil81310362) July 23, 2019
The squad needs trimming. £5m (or close) for a quality but utility player in final year is a good deal for all. Good servant, deserves his chance and we have money for a better striker. #nffc
— Rob22 (@RobAnderson71) July 23, 2019
Been an integral part of too many teams that have failed. Time for pastures new and £5m in the coffers. Everybody wins. #cheeriobenny
— Taz (@taztheuke) July 23, 2019
Cheers Paul, if the fee being quoted is correct, that some good business by Forest, and a good sign to any other potential Transfers.
— Andrew Chard (@Chardgrills) July 23, 2019
All the best to him, good business from #NFFC and I think it’s the right time to sell. Good work rate and scored that memorable goal vs derby. Just the lack of quality was missing for the positions that he’s been playing
— Scott Markham (@markham_scott) July 23, 2019
Good move for all parties imo, been a good servant for us, not a kid anymore, Forest get £5m coming in, Ben gets Premier League football, Sheffield Utd get a decent player????????
— Jamie (@JamieFA98) July 23, 2019