Having already seen Jorge Grant, Apostolos Vellios, Stephen Henderson, Hillal Soudani and Panagiotis Tachtsidis leave the club this summer, Nottingham Forest may now face a battle to keep hold of Ben Osborn.
According to Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Sheffield United have reportedly made an offer for the defender with boss Chris Wilder looking to bolster his squad ahead of the club’s return to the Premier League next season.
A product of Forest’s youth system, Osborn has made 212 appearances at Championship level since making his debut in 2014 and was an ever-present last season, featuring on 44 occasions in all competitions.
Although Osborn was a regular under both Martin O’Neill and Aitor Karanka, Sabri Lamouchi’s arrival at the City Ground last month could easily result in the midfielder falling down the pecking order, especially if he does not impress during pre-season.
With the new Forest boss looking to put his own stamp on his new side, he has already brought in reinforcements by securing the services of Tiago Silva, Alfa Semedo and Yuri Ribeiro from Benfica (via BBC Sport) and Arijanet Muric from Manchester City in recent days (via the Nottingham Post).
Considering that Ribeiro will offer direct competition for Osborn given that he has played in the full-back role for the majority of his career, as per Transfermarkt, he could be forced to watch on from the sidelines during the upcoming campaign.
Therefore, if Lamouchi does have any doubts about the 24-year-old’s suitability to his particular system, he may find it beneficial to sell him as given that he has less than a year remaining on his existing deal with Forest (via Transfermarkt), this summer represents the last real chance of securing a considerable fee for him.
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