Burnley are preparing an offer in the region of £10 million for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to The Sun.

The Reds defender is a long-term target of the Clarets and they are set to move again.

Forest will be desperate to keep hold of Worrall and won’t want to lose their main man at the back.

Worrall did suffer foot and rib injuries last season but remains Forest’s star attraction in defence.

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The Forest defender is wanted by Burnley; Photo; Robbie Jay Barratt; AMA; Getty Images)

Burnley once again staved off relegation from the Premier League and now want reinforcements.

The 24-year-old made 31 appearances during 2020/21, captaining the team on several occasions.

He is very much part of the furniture at the City Ground and Forest won’t want to lose him this summer.

Can Forest keep Worrall?

It’s going to be a big ask. Forest haven’t been in the Premier League for over 20 years and that makes for a selling club.

Chris Hughton would dearly like to keep hold of his prize defender though.

He has built solid foundations at the back and would dearly love to keep Worrall.

Worrall is an exceptional talent and at 24 he has his whole career ahead of him.

There has to come a point when Forest stop selling their top players and keeping the centre-back would be a big statement.

Forest have to start competing at the top end of the division and Hughton will know he’s under pressure to deliver as much.

His best chance of achieving success, however, is by keeping his top players – including Worrall.

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Joe Worrall in action for Forest; Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images

Forest finished in a miserable 17th place during 2020/21 and that simply won’t do.

Next season Hughton will know he needs to get more out of his team and get the Reds firing.

Worrall will undoubtedly have some interest this summer but if Forest are serious about promotion they have to stand firm.

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