It is shaping up to be a busy deadline day on both fronts for Nottingham Forest, but one person who looks unlikely to leave is centre back Joe Worrall.

The 24-year-old defender is a key part of Chris Hughton’s Forest side and his form has attracted Premier League interest, most notably in the shape of Burnley and it had been reported by the Daily Mirror that they were lining up a January move.

The Clarets have held a long term interest in the Forest academy graduate, who Forest value at £10m according to the same report, but it appears for now as if they have turned their attention elsewhere.

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According to Alan Nixon, Sean Dyche’s side have made a second bid of £7.5m for Stoke City’s 19-year-old defender Nathan Collins, which has been rebuffed by The Potters.


The 6ft 4 Republic of Ireland U21 international has three-and-a-half years left on his contract at The bet365 Stadium, but it would appear that Burnley feel confident they can get their man and it is very possible that they return with a third bid.

Burnley, who have just been taken over by ALK Capital, do have a potential issue at centre back as star man James Tarkowski has 18 months left on his contract and the England international is refusing to sign a new one at Turf Moor.

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As such, Burnley are very much in the market for a centre back and it would explain why they have stepped up their interest in both Worrall and Collins, though it seems as if they have settled on the latter as their primary target.

It remains to be seen whether Burnley come back in for Worrall in the summer, but for now, it appears he is very much staying on Trentside.

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