Nottingham Forest legend Colin Barrett has said that Forest must get the right deal for Ben Osborn if they are willing to let him go.

The versatile performer is the subject of interest from Premier League outfit Sheffield United.

A report in The Guardian suggests that £3 million has already been rejected by Forest, with The Sun claiming the Reds want to recoup £6 million.

The 24-year-old has played 230 matches for Forest. He made his debut in 2014, having emerged through the academy ranks.

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With just one year on his contract remaining, however, the Reds have a decision to make.

Barrett thinks it’s a difficult situation for the club.

He told Seat Pitch: “Forest find themselves in a catch 22 situation with Ben.

“To offload him for £3 million wouldn’t be ideal, because who are you going to get to replace Ben Osborn for £3 million?

“I think maybe Forest will hold out for four, maybe five or six million for him.”

The man who famously scored a European Cup goal against Liverpool thinks Osborn would be a loss to Forest.


He believes that over the years he has proved invaluable due to various attributes.

Barrett said: “If you look at Ben over the years, every manager that has been in place at the football club has played him.

“Every manager has appreciated what you get from Ben. You get 90 minutes of hard work for 40 games a season.

“Okay, he’s had bad games, but he’s never shied away from doing his best for the football club and I’d like to see him stay.”

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Although Barrett feels a replacement would be necessary, he does think that the club’s transfer dealings this summer leaves them well prepared for his absence.

He continued: “If you look at the signings this summer, three of them are wide options. You’ve got Adomah, Ameobi and Silva who can all operate out there.

“The young lad Appiah is also coming through so out wide, Ben’s chances would be limited anyway.

“Then at left-back, you have the boy Ribeiro. You’d fancy him to compete with Jack Robinson.”

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