Nottingham Forest have told Sky Bet Championship rivals Newcastle United that midfielder Ben Osborn is not for sale during the January transfer window according to the Nottingham Post.

The 22-year-old Derby born midfield ace has been strongly linked with a £4 million move to St James’ Park but that deal now looks unlikely to take place with Forest insisting that they wish to keep hold of the youngster.

Osborn is a product of the well respected Nottingham Forest academy system with the youngster being picked up by The Reds after his release by neighbours Derby County.

Since making his first team debut in March 2014, the midfielder has gone on to make 114 appearances for Forest scoring seven goals. The midfielder has also enjoyed an element of success on the international stage with Osborn representing England at Under-18 to Under-20 levels.

The Reds’ midfield options could be weakened in the coming days with star man Henri Lansbury poised to leave The City Ground with a number of other clubs thought to have been chasing the player’s signature. The long running transfer saga is expected to end with Lansbury joining Aston Villa for a transfer fee of over £3 million and Forest cannot afford to lose another quality midfield player in Osborn.

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