Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has instructed his staff to keep the “pressure” on Nottingham Forest over a deal for Ben Osborn.
That is according to the Sheffield Star, after the Blades made an opening offer of around £3m for Osborn.
The Sun first reported of this bid and also claimed that Forest are seeking at least double that in order to sell the 24-year-old.
However, Wilder believes his club are in a strong position when it comes to negotiating for Osborn. Unlike the Reds they can offer Premier League football next season. Meanwhile, Osborn has also entered the final year of his current contract at the City Ground.
They are therefore prepared to be patient, believing it will eventually pay off in their pursuit of the versatile player.
Why do Sheffield United want Ben Osborn?
Osborn ticks a lot of boxes for Wilder as he seeks to strengthen his squad following promotion to the top flight.
Firstly he provides backup and competition to Enda Stevens at left wing-back. This was lost when Marvin Johnson returned to Middlesbrough following the expiry of his loan.
Not only that but Osborn is provides versatility, which is something Wilder greatly admires. Used in a variety of roles last season, he is comfortable in central midfield as well.
Osborn also fits the bill of being a Championship player with potential for development and increase in valuation. Wilder is targeting those he thinks can make the step up.
Luke Freeman has already been signed from QPR despite having no Premier League experience. Meanwhile, the same Star report says that Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie and Neal Maupay of Brentford are also key targets.
This transfer approach is a sensible one that takes into account the very real risk of relegation at the first attempt.