Sheffield United will let Oliver Burke leave the club during the summer transfer window and that’s alerted Nottingham Forest fans.

Any mention of the winger typically pricks up the ears of the Reds’ fan base.

Burke came through the academy at Forest and after bursting on the scene he was sold to RB Leipzig for £13 million.

Some supporters just can’t get over that.

When he was sold it was heartwrenching. He had started the 2016/17 campaign in blistering style and it felt like Fawaz Al-Hasawi had sold the family jewels.

United to offload Burke
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In a funny way, getting £13 million for Burke might be the best decision the Kuwaiti ever made.

Burke has done very little since leaving Forest and right now, he’s facing a real fight to prove that he’s got a future in the second tier.

Since leaving Leipzig, Burke has become something of a journeyman.

He’s spent time at Celtic, West Brom, the Blades, Alaves and last season joined Millwall on a temporary spell.

Okay, those clubs are all sizeable in their own right but ultimately, he’s failed to find any consistent form at any of them.

Now, he’s in limbo again, with United looking to get him off the wage bill this summer.

Sheffield United to offload Burke but Forest must stop pandering for him back

Had the 13 cap winger never played for Forest, the notion of the Reds signing him would be eyebrow-raising.

Okay, there is an element that Steve Cooper is a master of improving players but there are better options out there than Burke.

The speed demon hasn’t developed as Forest fans thought he might and perhaps this is even a job that Cooper couldn’t manage.

United to offload Burke
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If Forest don’t win promotion this weekend they will need some new players.

The Reds will be eyeing a top-two finish next season and they will want players with real quality to help them achieve that.

Burke is short on confidence and hasn’t shown any real quality at any of the clubs he’s played for since leaving Forest.

As a result, supporters would be wise to move on and accept that Burke isn’t coming back.

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