Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall has been linked with a move to Premier League club Southampton. They are eyeing the 24-year-old as a replacement for Jannik Vestergaard who joined Leicester last week. Looking at Twitter, however, their fans are divided over the signing of the Forest man.

Worrall has proved a loyal servant to Forest. After making his debut in 2016, he has gone on to play 137 times for the club. He has also spent a season at Rangers where he made 32 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s team.

Forest value Worrall between £10 million and £15 million. The club will also be acutely aware that Southampton have some money in the bank, having sold Danny Ings and Vestergaard this summer. They have spent half of the Ings money on Adam Armstrong from Blackburn.

Joe Worrall
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Now, another raid on the Championship looks on the cards. Forest are bracing themselves for bids for Worrall. The defender very nearly joined Brentford earlier in the transfer window, although Kristoffer Ajer was recruited instead.

Worrall is yet to play for Forest this term. It is thought that he is injured, although some of the more cynical supporters believe that he’s being readied for a sale away from the City Ground this summer.

 

Southampton fans divided over Worrall

Although he’s one of the Championship’s better defenders, it seems as though the Saints supporters feel as though they could do better when it comes to replacing Vestergaard.

The club does have a policy of not signing too many players over the age of 25 for big sums. With that in mind, Worrall does seem to fit within their recruitment strategy at least.

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Forest would dearly love to keep Worrall. The summer has proved a challenge to get permanent deals over the line though and a sale could certainly help in that sense.

Following yesterday’s links between Worrall and Southampton, their supporters took to Twitter to discuss his arrival and here is what they had to say about the Forest man.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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