Ben Osborn is still a Nottingham Forest player – just about.

By the time you read this, a few more rounds of speculation are likely to have surfaced.

Hopefully, at some point, a definitive decision will be made.

One way or the other.

If Sheffield United really want him, then they need to meet the Reds’ demands.

Should they decide that the 24-year-old is not worth the hassle, then they must walk away.

The situation as it stands is doing nobody any favours.

This is not the first time that rumours surrounding a City Ground academy graduate have been sparked.

It is, however, the closest he has come to edging through the exits.

Those at Bramall Lane are in the market for additions to a Premier League squad.

Versatile

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Osborn, as a versatile operator, would tick plenty of boxes.

As he does on Trentside.

Chris Wilder is a fan, but so too is Sabri Lamouchi.

The Forest boss has said in the Nottingham Post of the incessant Osborn gossip: “He is still part of the squad.

“I cannot complain about him at all. I do not understand why anyone would want him to leave.

“He is very polite and very professional. He could be a good help for the team.”

So, the Reds don’t want to sell.

If that really is true, then shouldn’t that be case closed?

Osborn is a valued part of the squad and rather than let him go, we plan to hold contract extension talks.

There are now less than 12 months left to run on his current terms.

If Forest were being given no indication that a new deal is possible, then they should be open to offers.

At present, nobody seems to know what they want.

Waves

The latest reports suggest that a move could be made if an offer from Sheffield is raised slightly.

While Lamouchi is stating in public that he wants Osborn to stay.

Little word as yet from the player himself.

There were waves to the crowd after a pre-season outing against Crystal Palace on Friday, but there may be some serious reading between the lines going on there.

Player claps supporters inside stadium is markedly different to one waving out of a car window after flinging his bags into the boot.

A decision, though, needs to be made.

And quickly.

Lamouchi needs to know who he has at his disposal and how much money is left in the transfer kitty.

Osborn, meanwhile, will be eager to step out of the spotlight.

He is not one who craves attention, or often finds it, and deserves – after over 200 games of loyal service – to be freed from the professional limbo he currently finds himself in.

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