Nottingham Forest should use Ben Osborn windfall to nab Ipswich Town's Emyr Huws

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest

Ipswich Town are reportedly determined to sign Emyr Huws on a permanent deal from Cardiff City - and that should spark Nottingham Forest into life.

Ipswich Town's Emyr Huws applauds fans after the match

Emyr Huws has been nothing short of a revelation since moving to Ipswich Town on loan in January. Which makes his struggles at parent club Cardiff City all the more baffling.

In total, the Welsh midfielder has netted three times in his half season at Portman Road, including late winners against Aston Villa and Brentford plus a well taken strike in the Easter Monday miracle against Newcastle United.

Ipswich barely boasted even a hint of a goal threat from midfield before Huws arrived.

Furthermore, his composure in possession, ability to thread the ball through the eye of the needle and box-to-box energy means manager Mick McCarthy will go to great lengths to persuade him to stay this summer, Wales Online reports.

Yet, they add that Ipswich, who have relied upon loans and free signings recently, are limited to spending only around £700,000 – Cardiff are likely to want far more if they are to let Huws go.

Norwich City's Jacob Murphy in action with Ipswich's Emyr Huws

Though perhaps Nottingham Forest could do worse than to use the windfall from Ben Osborn’s potential exit to fund an astute replacement.

The Express reported that Newcastle United were interested in signing the £4 million-rated 22-year-old in January. And The Sun adds that Burnley and Swansea will challenge Rafael Benitez when he renews his interest in the summer.

£4 million should be more than enough to secure Huws’ services whilst leaving a fair chunk of dough to reinvest elsewhere. And, based on their performances in recent weeks, the former Manchester City youngster could even be an upgrade on the underperforming Osborn.

Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn

The 22-year-old, whose continued presence in the starting XI has divided Forest supporters, has often struggled to influence games of late but the same cannot be said for the increasingly effective Huws.

Perhaps Forest selling their homegrown star wouldn’t be as damaging as first thought.

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