Nottingham Forest are set to be handed a major boost in their quest to keep hold of Joe Worrall. Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that West Ham have agreed on a deal to sign Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

The Hammers have made a blistering start to the 2021/22 Premier League campaign. Earlier this summer, The Sun on Sunday (2/5; page 61) claimed that David Moyes was keen to sign Worrall.

Their pursuit of a central defender has gone on for quite some time but they’ve now got their man. Romano has claimed on Twitter that all the paperwork has been agreed and an announcement is imminent.

Worrall is out with a calf injury at the moment. Some of the more sinister Forest supporters have suggested the Reds are ensuring one of their better players doesn’t pick up an injury.


The 24-year-old was the club’s Player of the Year last season, despite spending a considerable amount of time out injured. He also captained the team on several occasions during 2020/21.

Moyes has Stuart Pearce as his right-hand man at West Ham. The former Forest hero will surely keep his eye on the club’s fortunes and has perhaps recommended Worrall to the Hammers boss.

It’s hard to argue with the club preferring Zouma though. He is an international who helped Chelsea to the Champions League title as recently as May.

Time for Forest to make a decision over Worrall?

If the Reds are saving the centre-back to prevent an injury then it’s time for the club to accept he won’t be sold and get him back in the team. He is a vitally important player and one who the team is dearly missing.

Joe Worrall
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Worrall has played 182 times for Forest and loves the football club. He is a lifelong supporter and the first four games for the campaign will have saddened him, to say the least.

West Ham completing a deal for Zouma kind of leaves Worrall without a lot of options. All of the linked clubs have now got themselves hooked up with alternatives and that bodes well for Forest.

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