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Sheffield United would plug some important gaps with Osborn move

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Sheffield United are looking to sign Ben Osborn from Nottingham Forest.

The Forest man can play as either a central midfielder or down the left-hand side, two positions which Chris Wilder needs bolstering in his team.

What’s the story?

The Sun state that the Yorkshire club have made a £3m bid for the versatile midfielder.

Nixon described the bid as ‘lowish’, but his Transfermarkt valuation is just £2.7m and he’s heading into the last year of his contract, so it may not be too bad an offer.

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Not exciting, but important

The 24-year-old isn’t the most inspiring of signings as he didn’t really pull up any trees at Forest in the Championship, he contributed to six goals all season which is a number trumped by both of the Blades’ centre-midfield options as well as their left wing-back.

The signing isn’t likely to get pulses racing or change the course of the Blades’ season, but the arrival of Osborn would bring some much-needed depth in two key positions.

The 24-year-old has been praised for his versatility in the past by former Forest boss Martin O’Neill, who said: “Ben has filled in, in certain positions and I suppose he would be considered our top-class utility man.”

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Enda Stevens, John Fleck and Oliver Norwood missed just five games between them last season, and while United were lucky with injuries last year they may not be so fortunate next term.

There isn’t currently a back-up left wing-back in the squad, and an injury to either Fleck or Norwood would see John Lundstrum brought into the starting XI. Given he only appeared 10 times last season however, he may not be good enough to be relied upon in the Premier League.

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