Unemployed ex-Premier League star eyed by Championship side Watford with newly-promoted Derby also keen on transfer

WATFORD are keen on Ben Osborn after Sheffield United let him go.

Osborn was released alongside nine other stars last month as the Yorkshire club announced their retained list.

Watford and Derby are interested in signing Ben OsbornGetty

The Hornets like the midfielder’s experience and want him to sign in case the Blades come back for him when their takeover bid is settled.

Osborn, 29, made 24 Premier League appearances for Sheffield United last season, registering two assists in the process.

He left Bramall Lane having represented the club some 230 times over the course of five years.

Watford aren’t the only club interested in swooping in for Osborn though.

Newly promoted Championship outfit Derby are also keen on Osborn who was born in Derby himself.

However the Rams also have other midfield targets on their list.

Another ex-Blade is also looking to earn themselves a spot in the Championship next term too.

Midfielder John Fleck is training through the summer in a bid to win a new deal at Blackburn.


The 32-year-old joined Rovers on a short-term contract in February and picked up a shin injury on his debut.

He now hopes to prove he is fit enough for a longer stay after playing just 17 minutes of football for the side last season.


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