Report: Newcastle 'tempted' by Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn

Massimo Luongo of QPR and Ben Osborn of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest at Loftus Road on April 29, 2017...

Newcastle United may reportedly enter the race to sign the Nottingham Forest star, with Stoke City also linked.

Ben Osborn of Nottingham Forest and Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsneal in action during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on September 20,...

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle could be "tempted" to enter the race to sign Nottingham Forest star Ben Osborn.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move away from Nottingham Forest in recent weeks.

Stoke City seem to be leading the charge for Osborn's signature but, according to The Chronicle, Newcastle may throw their hat in the ring if a "reasonable" fee can be agreed.

The Nottingham Post have previously suggested that the Reds would want somewhere in the region of £5 million.

Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn misjudges the bounce of the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Nottingham Forest at KCOM Stadium on January 27, 2018 in...

If the Magpies are genuinely interested then Rafael Benitez's side may have an advantage over the Potters, given that Nottingham Forest presumably wouldn't be mad on the idea of strengthening a Championship rival following Stoke's relegation from the Premier League this past season.

The report from The Chronicle adds that United have "extensively" scouted him throughout the past two years.

Osborn can play anywhere across midfield and could be a versatile member of Benitez's squad in the North East, but time will tell whether a transfer materialises.

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