Burnley could return with a bid for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, but only if the Clarets sell James Tarkowski first.

According to The Mirror, that’s the stance of Sean Dyche who is a long-term admirer of the Forest enforcer.

Tarkowski is in the final year of his contract at Turf Moor. Sky Sports claim that Burnley value their defender at £40 million.

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If they do manage to offload Tarkowski they’ll enter the market for another centre-back, with Forest ace Worrall firmly in their sights.

Dyche has already raided the Championship for a defender this summer. Stoke star Nathan Collins joined the club to bolster the defensive ranks at the Premier League outfit.

Forest will be desperate to keep hold of Worrall for at least one more season. He was integral last season, captaining the team on several occasions.

The Reds thought the 24-year-old was heading to Brentford at the weekend. They pulled the plug, however, refusing to give Worrall a five-year deal and signing Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic instead.

It doesn’t seem as though Forest are out of the woods just yet though. Burnley still have some business to conclude and if they lose Tarkowski alarm bells could ring on Trentside.

Worrall situation isn’t ideal for Forest

It makes you wonder whether a lack of transfer activity for the Reds is down to the fact that sales are required first.

The market is likely to be more difficult given the last 18 months, although other clubs have managed to get some business done.

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Forest perhaps can’t fork out for players who are commanding transfer fees unless they sell a player. If that is the case they’ll want clubs to either put up or shut up when it comes to Worrall.

The centre-back is destined for the Premier League, with or without Forest. Whether or not the Reds can put up a fight for promotion over the next nine months largely depends on whether they can keep Worrall.

Hughton will want everything resolved soon and in the sense of Worrall’s future, the transfer deadline can’t come soon enough.

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