Burnley are set to revive their interest in Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall during the January transfer window.

The Clarets hold a long-standing interest in the centre-back with Sean Dyche believed to have been courting the player since 2017.

The Sun (6th December; page 59) now claims that Burnley could return to try and sign Worrall during next month’s window.

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Dyche is desperately trying to put plans in place for January with the Clarets hoping to pull clear of the relegation zone.


Worrall has only just returned to the Forest team after breaking a bone in his foot during the second match of the 2020/21 campaign.

A report from the Mail has claimed that Forest value Worrall at closer to £12 million.

Having played every minute of every Championship fixture, however, you can probably add a few more million onto such an amount.

Forest currently sit 21st in the Championship and face games against Norwich and Brentford this week.

Do Forest need to keep Worrall?

Losing the academy star would be a hammer blow for the Reds.

At £12 million, Forest should tell Burnley thanks, but no thanks and entice them into paying more.

Adam Webster left Bristol City in 2019 to sign for Brighton for £20 million (Guardian).

That should give Forest a reason to believe they can get far more for a player who has served the club well.

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The 23-year-old has made 108 appearances for the Reds and has also spent time on loan with Scottish Premiership outfit Rangers.

He is Forest through and through and since his return has been tasked with captaining the team.

Selling one of their prized assets during mid-season with the club in a relegation battle seems like a completely pointless thing to do.

The longer Forest are in the Championship, the harder it will be for the club to keep hold of their top talents.

For now, the Reds must resist selling Worrall.

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