West Bromwich Albion are set to rival Burnley to sign Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall during the summer.
According to The Sun, Sam Allardyce is keen to add the Reds enforcer to his ranks ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Former Forest employee Luke Dowling is currently the technical and sporting director at The Hawthorns and scouted Worrall on Saturday.
The 24-year-old helped Forest to a 3-0 win over Wycombe and has been largely impressive this season.
Despite his tender years, the academy graduate has made 122 appearances for the Reds since rising through the ranks.
He has also played Europa League football on loan at Rangers and spent a short time at Dagenham.
West Brom are currently 11 points from safety in the Premier League and were beaten by Tottenham yesterday.
Meanwhile, Worrall is trying to help Forest avoid a return to League One.
He has been a regular in the team during the Reds’ run of one defeat in 10 games and is an integral part of Hughton’s team.
Does Worrall to West Brom make sense?
Not really, considering the Baggies are facing a fight to stay in the Premier League.
If they are relegated it seems highly unlikely that Forest will sell to another Championship outfit.
Matty Cash moved to Aston Villa for £16 million and Worrall will be valued in similar fashion.
Forest haven’t been a Premier League club for over 20 years and in the modern era that makes them a selling club.
If Worrall does leave, however, it seems as though he will be destined for the Premier League.
As a lifelong supporter of the club, it’ll be a tough decision for him to leave the City Ground anyway.
Another Championship club is unlikely to appease Worrall and the fan base would be mightily disgruntled.
In a dream world Hughton will convince the young defender to give Forest one more year.
The reality, however, might suggest that such a notion isn’t possible.