Could Newcastle United revisit interest in Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn?

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Newcastle were heavily linked with the Forest man in January, and now they've had a bid for Fulham's Tom Cairney rejected, it's possible they could go back.

Nottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn celebrates their first goalNottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn celebrates their first goal

Following reports that Fulham rejected a mammoth £20m bid for Tom Cairney from Newcastle United, as reported by the Independent, it's very possible that they could revive their interest in Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn.

Back in March, the Mirror reported that Rafael Benitez was a keen admirer of the 22-year-old and would look to push for a move if/when the Magpies were promoted to the Premier League, which they duly achieved as champions.

Derby County's Chris Baird in action with Nottingham Forest's Ben OsbornDerby County's Chris Baird in action with Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn

As of yet there have been no approaches, but considering that Osborn's position is arguably best behind the frontman, which also applies to Cairney, it's very possible that Benitez could look towards Trentside to strike a deal if Fulham won't budge.

Despite playing in a team that survived by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season, Osborn scored four and assisted on seven occasions, while displaying versatility as well as the 22-year-old played in several positions.

Nottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn scores their first goal from a free kickNottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn scores their first goal from a free kick

Cairney on the other hand got 13 goals and 10 assists, but a fee for Osborn would probably be around the £6-8m range, which is considerably less than the £20m bid Newcastle have just had knocked back for Cairney, and that could appeal to Newcastle's hierarchy.

Considering just how good Cairney is, it would be a surprise to see Newcastle abandon their chase for the midfielder, but if they do, Osborn could be a genuine target.

Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn celebrates scoring their second goal with team matesNottingham Forest's Ben Osborn celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

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