Nottingham Forest have confirmed that Ben Osborn has left the club to join Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United on a three-year-deal.
Osborn has been with the Reds since 2003, and went on to make 230 appearances for the Forest first-team, before opting to make the move to the Premier League ahead of the new season.
Forest winger, Joe Lolley issued a heartwarming message to his former team-mate, as his departure was confirmed on Friday afternoon.
I’m so happy he has the opportunity to be able to play in the PL, no one deserves it more. Unbelievable player on and person off the pitch, you will be missed ???? pic.twitter.com/wGBNVipAsD
— Joe Lolley (@JLolley23) July 26, 2019
Lolley was hugely impressive last season for the Reds, scoring 11 goals and providing 11 assists as they finished 9th in the Championship table.
He’ll be hoping to find his best form again when Forest are next in action, when they take on Real Sociedad on Friday evening at the City Ground.
Journalist, Paul Taylor revealed that the fee that Sheffield United paid for Osborn was in the region of £3m, with the winger only having one year left on his contract with Sabri Lamouchi’s side.
The City Ground faithful will be hoping that the money that the club have received for Osborn can be reinvested into potential new arrivals before the transfer window closes.
Nottingham Forest get their Championship season underway with a tricky fixture against West Brom, who will be targeting promotion themselves next term.
He won’t be the biggest miss, but it’s important that they replace him before the transfer window closes.
Osborn hardly set the world alight like Lolley did last season, but he was a versatile member of the Forest squad, having played in midfield and at full-back.
Lamouchi will be hoping to add to his squad in the near future, with the new season getting underway in August.