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Newcastle Linked With Midfielder They Have Tracked For Two Years

It could be tough for Newcastle to get Robert Kenedy back for next season – either on loan for the season or on a permanent deal – which fans would prefer.

But if we cannot get him then Rafa wants to bring in at least one winger, and Newcastle have also been linked with Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore, but he would cost around £15M by all accounts.

A player who has impressed Rafa in the Championship is Nottingham Forest winger Ben Osborn who Newcastle scouts have been keeping tabs on for two years now.

The Derby-born 23-year-old has been at Nottingham Forest since he 8 years old, and he’s come through their Youth Academy.

23-year-old Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn

Osborn has youth caps at England U18, U19, and U20 levels and could be a reasonable buy for Newcastle if Rafa rates the player.

He’s played 186 times for Forest with 14 goals and 25 assists since making his debut back in March 2014 in the Championship at Ipswich Town as a 19-year-old.

He is left-footed and can also play in several different positions and is quite versatile.

The Chronicle is reporting that Osborn will probably be a secondary target if we cannot get Kenedy in or we can’t get a decent deal for Adama Traore.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is looking at bringing in new players this summer and could be willing to sell Osborn, so he has money to bring in some targets.

Last season Osborn played 51 games for Nottingham Forest with 4 goals and 6 assists.

He would be a decent player for a reasonable fee – but again he’s not top of the list.

Comments welcome.

113 comments so far

  • chicousa

    Jun 10, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #81

    Random thought 2: I once was trying to go to ESPN.com but made a typo error in the URL and somehow ended up at a porn. After about an hour I retyped the correct URL! 🙂

  • chicousa

    Jun 10, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #82

    Blog fixed!

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #83

    Can’t get off page one on my iPad. Had to log in on phone. Knob

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 10, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #84

    Not you chicousa, Jib

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 10, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #85


  • willowdalerez

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #86

    So… no news again today.
    Predictions to liven things up.
    Striker – We sell Mitro and buy Rondon keep Gayle and Joselu (loan for Rashford is a pipedream)
    LW – Charnley tries n tries… honest, but cant’ get Traore through the door so we buy this lad Osborn off Notts Forest
    MGR – Rafa stays but doesn’t sign new contract this summer leaving us guessing for balance of season (Press will have a field day… a whole season of links to Rafa ensue)

    Ashley out!

  • willowdalerez

    Jun 11, 2018 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #87

    If you are interested… Osborn’s highlight reel 17/18


    I’m not chomping at the bit for this signing at LW.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #88

    Betsy…have you run lead on this latest threat of Ed’s? The commenting section is all screwed up!

    Maybe you should sign up to an advanced senior course on https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-8-websites-senior-citizens-obtain-basic-internet-computer-skills-

    ..,Betsy we have heard the excuses buy even you can surely see this is not working! You’re in copy paste mode as usual!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 11, 2018 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #89

    …I fixed it for you pal 😉 you’re welcome!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 11, 2018 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #90

    Willow…keeping Gayle and Joselu is everyone’s dream 😉

    …if last season in an indication of what sort of forward we are looking for or can attract I would definitely keep Mitro!

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 11, 2018 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #91

    Interesting write up in The Chronic about the true value of the Club, (obviously not written by the hacks that work there).

    To sum up it values the club at between £250-£300m.


  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #92

    E-mailed Ed
    He’ll get Kacper on the case
    Quite an eye opener that
    Tsunki quite deliberately knacked the second page
    yet I get all the flak.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #93

    Awww jib – I did it to show Chico you weren’t putting dodgy code in. I do a favour….

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #94

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #95

    Yacine Brahimi of Porto linked with Wolves Everton
    and the Toon
    Two of the clubs have Portuguese managers
    The Algerian is reported as saying he wants to honour his contract
    Which could be doublespeak for “I want to be a free agent
    next summer”
    If Porto suspect his motives they may want to cash in on him now
    His versatility would be ideal for us – either wing or an AM he’s comfortable
    in all the roles.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #96

    Dubai Micky,
    That was one seriously long and boring read to arrive at the conclusion.
    100% of voters think Mike Ashley is a greedy tw@t.

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #97

    I wish I was as popular as Tsunki
    (big sigh)

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #98

    or even Jail
    (an even bigger sigh)

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #99

    Jail, the only thing that was interesting was the conclusion, or to paraphrase “Some financial bloke says Toon are really worth between £250 and £300 million”.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #100

    Did Yesper not post a row of the letter after y, that didn’t break the blog?

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #101

    My ideal of course is to be like Mr Tuff or Lesh

    ha ha ha ha
    (sorry I couldn’t keep a straight face any more)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #102

    Keep trying Jiblets, when the blog is populated by racist bigots only, you will be 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #103

    Dubai Micky,
    If he really wanted to sell so badly, he’d knock a hundred M off the price and have done with it, he’s worth 4000M himself ffs

  • lochinvar

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #104

    Clearly the TV money isn’t going to refresh all clubs.
    Villa miss out because they’re in the Championship and in financial crisis. Grealish’s value has dropped 25% overnight. Now £30m not £40m according to the morning papers. Another week and we should be able to pick him up for £5m. About right.

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #105

    It’s a peculiar fact that on social media
    the people that throw around accusations of
    none PC behaviour such as homophobia , racism
    or bigotry , are usually the most guilty of such

    Step forward Lesh Mr Tuff Bettswallocks and Jail

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #106

    Loch everyone thinks this Summer is going
    to be even more ridiculous price- wise than last.
    I have a feeling that the bubble may have burst
    and we’ll look back at the summer of 2017 as a

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #107

    I hope our transfer spending isn’t dependant on waiting to see how well Mitro does at the WC. We also must have target’s who’s price has got nothing to do with values affected by the WC.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #108

    I asked you the other day when you said name one player other than Carroll that has been sold that wasn’t agitating for a move. I asked you to name one that was worth selling that wasn’t agitating for a move.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #109

    You asked us the first one, I asked the second.

  • headtheball

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #110

    betty at 35 37 & 40

    Who writes your gags? Brought tears to my eyes!

  • martoon

    Jun 11, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #111

    Jail @108 – I know you were asking Nicky but one that springs to mind is David Santon – I seem to remember his girlfriend posting a few tweets that suggested he had been pushed out the door!

  • Tsunki

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #112





    Nope that works. It must be ok now.



    Jun 11, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #113

    When N.U.F.C. do sign a new player it will be a historic event, every day we are interested in half the pro footballers in world. Other teams sign players we show an interest


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