The Daily Mail are reporting that Burnley have made an opening offer of £4 million plus Ben Gibson in an attempt to sign Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall.

The Clarets fancy their chances of taking the Forest academy graduate to Turf Moor and are thought to be in constant discussions with the Reds.

Worrall was an ever-present for Forest last season, playing in all 46 Championship fixtures, as the Reds narrowly missed out on a play-off place.

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With Forest failing in their promotion quest it means another season where Financial Fair Play is lurking in the background – with at least one of the club’s star players likely to leave.

Worrall has a contract with Forest until 2024 and it’s safe to say the Reds won’t be doing business unless any bids represent value for money.

Including Gibson in the deal would, of course, make it a seamless transition at the back, but his arrival wouldn’t be without risk for Forest.


The 27-year-old signed for Burnley for £15 million in 2018 and is paid £40,000-a-week by the Clarets. He hasn’t, however, played a single league game Boxing Day 2018.

It seems unlikely as a result, that Forest would be willing to do a deal given the low transfer fee. The Reds might still fancy taking Gibson but with a higher cash payment to go with it.

Plenty of supporters would rather Worrall departed over Matty Cash who is also attracting Premier League suitors but that doesn’t mean the centre-back will go on the cheap.

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Forest will want to be a force in the Championship next season and in order to ensure they are, keeping their best players will be paramount.

With that in mind, the chase to sign Worrall could rumble on for a little while longer yet.

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