Nottingham Forest could be about to receive another transfer boost regarding Joe Worrall. West Ham are one of several linked clubs, but they’re switching their focus elsewhere.

Sky Sports claimed yesterday that the Hammers are in talks with Chelsea over the signing of £46,000-a-week France defender Kurt Zouma.

Worrall has been in the sights of David Moyes. Forest legend Stuart Pearce is part of his backroom team and the club have been eyeing a move for the Forest man.

The 24-year-old has been a wanted man. A move to Brentford was reportedly close, whilst Crystal Palace and Burnley have both made improvements to their defence this summer.

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Worrall is thought to be valued at around £12 million this summer. During a difficult period to sign players, the Reds would welcome a cash injection for their own recruitment drive.

Likewise, they’d welcome the chance to keep their influential defender if it was possible. Worrall picked up two injuries last term but still picked up the club’s Player of the Year accolade.

The Hucknall-born defender has played 137 times for the club and has also spent time on loan with Rangers.

Forest fans are unanimous that they’d settle for not seeing many faces check in this summer – as long as Worrall is kept around.

West Ham pursuing Zouma certainly offers the Reds another boost regarding their influential central defender.

Can Forest keep Worrall?

It’s certainly a bonus that clubs in the Premier League keep opting for other centre-backs to bolster their squad.

Keeping Worrall would arguably be Forest’s best signing of the summer and it’d delight the club’s fan base.

The centre-back should be the Reds’ captain and he regularly leads by example with a series of breathtaking displays at the back.

Joe Worrall
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He’s one player who has progressed year upon year. Worrall is worshipped by the fan base and he’ll massively appreciate that.

Interest might be stepped up as the window draws to a close but for now, the signs are positive from Worrall’s suitors.

If West Ham land Zouma, the outlook will seem even better.

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