Sheffield United have made an approach for Nottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn, according to The Sun.
The Blades have submitted a bid of £3m for the midfielder, who has only ever played for Forest after coming through their youth academy.
However, The Sun report that Forest are looking for around double that amount, despite the midfielder only have a year remaining on his current deal.
Osborn would become Sheffield Utd’s second signing of the summer after Luke Freeman signed last week. Wilder’s interest in Osborn and Oli McBurnie suggests he is looking to snap up the best Championship talent ahead of United’s first season back in the top-flight.
The 24-year-old Osborn has made a total of 230 appearances for his boyhood club. Last season he featured 44 times in all competitions, scoring one and assisting six.
His versatility will be appealing to Wilder, as he will be able to play in the middle of midfield, as well as the left-flank – and could even operate as a wing-back if he signs for The Blades.
This would be another shrewd signing by Sheffield United, but they will need better quality if they are to escape Premier League relegation next season.
As for Forest, they are optimistic if they think they can get more than £3m for a player who only has a year left on his contract. However, Osborn is young and has been an important player for Forest recently and the club may feel they can get more money out of a Premier League team, so it would not be surprising to see the asking price put above £3m.