Nottingham Forest confirmed that Ben Osborn has joined Sheffield United on a three-year deal. The Blades have monitored Osborn’s progress throughout the summer and were initially unsuccessful with their £3m opening bid. Forest accepted the follow up offer which is believed to be around the £4m mark, and Osborn was confirmed a United player after passing his medical.
The 24-year-old made 230 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 47 goals. Osborn was a terrific servant for Forest, having graduated from the Nigel Doughty Academy to become an ever-present in the first-team. His form spiralled during the tail-end of last season, however, which raised uncertainty over his future at the City Ground.
Forest were being linked with a host of wingers over the summer and eventually brought in Sammy Ameobi & Albert Adomah. The Reds have also given Arvin Appiah & Brennan Johnson plenty of opportunities in pre-season, so Osborn’s departure won’t harm the squad. Sabri Lamouchi will have the aforementioned quartet in addition to Joe Lolley & Matty Cash.
Osborn is the 10th player to leave Forest this summer – Panagiotis Tachtsidis (US Lecce), Stephen Henderson (Crystal Palace),
Apostolos Vellios (Atromitos), Karim Ansarifard (Al Sailiya Sport Club), Jorge Grant (Lincoln City), El Arbi Hillel Soudani (Olympiacos Piraeus), Jamie Ward (released), Liam Bossin (released), Juan Rafael Fuentes (released)