Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has lauded Ben Osborn’s attitude despite interest from Sheffield United.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live following last night’s 3-0 reverse at the hands of Olympiacos, the boss had nothing but praise for the midfielder.
Reports from the Sheffield Star over the weekend claimed that Osborn was close to a switch to Bramall Lane.
It would appear their first attempt to sign the man with over 200 appearances for Forest has been rebuffed, however.
A bid of £3 million has already been rejected by Forest, according to the Sheffield Star.
Lamouchi is open to Osborn staying at the City Ground.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I heard about Sheffield’s interest, but I cannot complain about his attitude.
“Ben is doing a great job for us in training and in the game, he played well too.
“I am happy with him. Of course, I would like to see him stay.
“He likes the club and I like what I saw tonight. In three weeks here, I have only seen positives with him.
“The players know what I am thinking about Ben. In three weeks, it is not enough time. But I am very happy with what I have seen from him.”
The Seat Pitch Summary
Osborn is a bit like marmite around the City Ground.
Some supporters would happily drive him to Sheffield; whilst others would dearly like him to stick around.
His contract situation makes the decision tough, however.
The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the 2019/20 campaign and Forest could then lost him for free.
Having come through the academy and featured in excess of 200 times, losing him for nothing would represent a sizeable blow.
Given his versatility, you can see why Forest boss Lamouchi would love him to stay.
Players like Osborn are a dream for managers.
His attitude has never been in question among supporters, so it comes as little surprise that Lamouchi has praised that aspect just three weeks after arriving.
The next couple of weeks could be interesting regarding Osborn. If he does leave, Forest will surely look to bring a replacement in prior to the campaign starting.