Southampton have scheduled a medical in for Torino defender Lyanco and it could be great news for Nottingham Forest. The Saints have been linked with a move for Joe Worrall this summer, although this transfer could end their desire to sign the 24-year-old.

At present, the Forest central defender is injured. He is nursing a calf problem and is yet to feature during the 2021/22 campaign for his boyhood club. He did, however, claim the Player of the Year award for last season.

Burnley, Brentford, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Norwich City have all been linked with Worrall during the summer. Southampton were the latest club linked, although they now look to have won the race to sign Lyanco.

Lyanco Vojnovic of Torino FC in action during the pre-season
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The 24-year-old is due on the south coast to finalise his switch from Serie A. He was born in Brazil but represented Serbia at under-19 level before playing for the Brazil under-23s more recently.

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In total, he has made 53 appearances for the Italian side, scoring a single goal. Now, he looks set to move to Southampton as a direct replacement for Jannik Vestergaard who recently signed for Leicester.

Good news for Forest over Worrall but there’s still work to do

The Reds are still facing a fight to keep hold of their prized asset ahead of the transfer window closing. Just because Southampton are set to sign a defender, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t come back for Worrall.

A lot could happen between now and the end of the window. Clubs might lose defenders through injury and decide to resurrect their interest in Worrall further down the line.

Joe Worrall
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Forest would dearly love to get to the end of the window with their defender still at the club. Right now he is injured so can’t feature anyway but he remains a big player for the Reds.

It could excite Reds fans seeing Lyanco finally sign for Southampton. For now, it decreases the likelihood of Worrall leaving Forest for now, and that can only bode well for the club.

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