Southampton are keen on Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to Hampshire Live. It is understood that Ralph Hasenhuttl wants the Reds player as a replacement for Jannik Vestergaard who joined Leicester last week.

The Reds centre-back has yet to feature this season. He has been nursing an injury and hasn’t been risked by Chris Hughton in games against Coventry, Bradford or Bournemouth.

Worrall looks unlikely to be fit when Blackburn Rovers arrive on Trentside on Wednesday night either. As a result, the player may have featured for the last time in a Forest shirt, with the transfer window around two weeks away.

Joe Worrall
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The 24-year-old won the club’s Player of the Year award last season. He spent some time sidelined with a broken foot and fractured rib. When called upon, however, he was comfortably Forest’s best player.


Now, Southampton are preparing to test the water. They lost their Danish star last week when Leicester paid £15 million for his services, filling the void created due to Wesley Fofana’s injury.

The Saints have a transfer policy similar to that which Dane Murphy is trying to create at Forest. Players under 24 are not typically on the horizon when it comes to transfer fees being paid.

As a result, Worrall fits their criteria and they look set to test the water with a bid for the Forest star before the transfer window is out.

Forest selling Worrall could be a blessing

It sounds crazy but losing one of Forest’s best players could actually benefit them. The Reds have struggled to get some deals over the line this summer but having some more cash to play with would help.

Worrall deserves a crack at the Premier League and very few would begrudge him that opportunity. He has played 137 times for Forest and has really adhered himself to the club’s supporters.

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If Southampton come forward with a decent bid, the Reds would be wise to accept it. Two defeats have highlighted deficiencies within the squad and Chris Hughton needs to fix them.

Having an injection of cash could help Forest complete their squad and right now, that seems like the best move for all parties.

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