The Sun transfer guru Alan Nixon has claimed that Forest were stunned at the weekend when Brentford performed a u-turn on Joe Worrall.

He has claimed that the Reds were of the belief that the central defender was heading for the Bees. Now, they have set their sights on another defensive target instead.

Worrall was a somewhat surprising omission from the squad to face Port Vale on Saturday afternoon. Scott McKenna and Lyle Taylor have been given extended breaks after international commitments. Worrall, however, returned to pre-season with the other members of the squad.

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Brentford have been linked with a move for Worrall along with several other clubs. West Ham, Norwich, Crystal Palace and Burnley are among those thought to be keen.


Forest value Worrall between £10 million and £12 million. Nixon has also claimed that such a fee would likely tempt the Reds into selling their prized asset this summer.

In a sense, this isn’t particularly bad news for Forest. Boss Chris Hughton will be desperate to keep hold of the defender for at least one more season.

Worrall broke his foot and cracked a rub at various stages of last season. Despite that, he still claimed the club’s Player of the Year award and was superb at the heart of the back four.

Worrall interest: Forest facing a big fight to keep the defender

At 24, Worrall has plenty of years left ahead of him and he’s still nowhere near his prime years.

He has made 137 appearances in the Garibaldi and also made 32 appearances during a loan spell with Rangers.

Forest would dearly love to keep hold of him and the u-turn performed by Brentford does allow the Reds a little more time.

Joe Worrall
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Now it’ll be up to other clubs to show their hands and Forest are likely to stand firm on their valuation of the player.

The Reds head to Northampton for their latest pre-season game tonight and it’ll be intriguing to see if Worrall gets a first run-out of the campaign.

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