A report from the Daily Mail has claimed that Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is valued at £12 million by the club’s hierarchy.
The academy graduate has been subject of intense interest from Burnley this summer, although their offers thus far have been nothing short of derisory.
Worrall was ever-present under Sabri Lamouchi last season and proved himself capable of becoming a top defender with some standout displays.
As with any young player, the 23-year-old isn’t without his imperfections but playing week in and week out at Forest is clearly doing him good.
The Reds went down 2-0 to QPR at the weekend and Lamouchi can ill-afford to lose a central defender with the season now underway.
Loic Mbe Soh was added to the ranks from PSG at the end of last week, with the 19-year-old a former FIFA Golden Boy nominee.
It seems certain that Forest would rather Worrall remained at the club to possibly play alongside Mbe Soh but a bid of £12 million could change the landscape.
The report also claims that Burnley are not prepared to go above £6 million in their quest to add Worrall to Sean Dyche’s ranks.
Our Verdict – Forest should keep hold of Worrall
Having already sold Matty Cash this summer it seems unlikely that Forest will be under pressure to sell.
With that in mind, Worrall should be kept at the club, keeping the Reds well-stocked when it comes to central defenders.
Selling at this stage makes little sense and with Burnley’s valuation some way short it seems a no-brainer.
Even at £12 million, Worrall would be considered value for money by some people.
Despite his tender years, the uncompromising central defender has played 104 games for the Reds and 32 on loan at Rangers.
As a result, Forest would be wise to stand firm and place their faith in Worrall for the 2020/21 campaign.