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Wilder is back in for Ben.

Byline: BILL COOPER

CHRIS WILDER is poised for another attempt to make Ben Osborn his sixth summer signing at Premier League new boys Sheffield United.

The Blades boss will this week test Nottingham Forest's resolve to hang on to midfielder Osborn by tabling an offer of PS5million, having had a PS3m bid rejected.

City Ground manager Sabri Lamouchi is keen to keep the 24-year-old as he plots a promotion push for the coming season.

"Ben is very positive and professional and could be a good help for the team," said Lamouchi.

"He's still part of the squad, and I don't see why anyone would want to lose a player like him."

But Lamouchi is also aware Osborn is in the final year of his contract, and Forest may want to cash in now rather than lose him for nothing next summer.

Osborn came off the bench in Friday's friendly win over Crystal Palace and at the end of the game seemed to be saying farewell to the crowd.

Wilder paid a club record PS9.5m to lure Lys Mousset from Bournemouth, and has recruited QPR midfielder Luke Freeman, Preston striker Callum Robinson, Phil Jagielka and Ravel Morrison.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2019
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