Nottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn is on the verge of signing for Sheffield United, according to Football Insider.
Football Insider report the Forest academy product will now undergo a medical and suggest the deal could be finalised within the next 24 hours.
It would be a blow for Forest to lose the versatile Osborn, who has made 230 appearances for the club since breaking into the first-team, but considering he only had a year remaining on his contract it was a deal which needed to be done.
He will be Chris Wilder’s sixth signing of the summer and will be able to perform in a number of positions in his team, including centre-midfielder and left wing-back, so he could prove valuable across the season.
Fortunately, Forest have time remaining in the window to find a replacement, and new boss Sabri Lamouchi hasn’t been afraid to delve into the market, having already made six signings this summer.
It will be interesting to see how Osbon fairs at Premier League level.
He has done well at Forest but it will be a big step up for him, although under the guidance of Chris Wilder he could improve further and handle the adjustment.
He very much fits into the strategy Wilder has used in regard to his signings so far. Like Callum Robinson and Luke Freeman he is a quality Championship player who would serve the team very well if they don’t manage to stay up next season.
Forest fans will be disappointed to see him go but £3m will allow the club to strengthen again, and Lamouchi should be able to bring in a good replacement, whether on loan or a permanent signing.