Nottingham Forest are bracing themselves for bids from Everton and Newcastle for defender Joe Worrall, according to The Mirror.
The 24-year-old saw a move to the Premier League fall through at the eleventh hour in the summer.
His performances this season have been typically brilliant and interest from other top-flight suitors hasn’t wavered.
The Reds enforcer has made 16 appearances during 2021/22 and has helped Forest to three consecutive clean sheets in the Championship.
Worrall burst onto the Forest scene in 2016, making his first-team debut under Philippe Montainer during a game away at Reading.
He has gone on to make 154 appearances in the Garibaldi and has also captained the team on many occasions too.
Naturally, Worrall has been linked with Premier League clubs once again and that doesn’t really come as a surprise.
The Reds are thought to value Worrall in the region of £10 million and could be willing to cash in on the homegrown talent in January.
Forest boss Steve Cooper will have a desire to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window.
Selling Worrall would certainly give the Reds head coach a kitty to play with and it does seem as though the defender is close to his Premier League dream.
Forest have to reinvest in wake of Worrall departure
Homegrown players have made Forest a killing in the past but the funds have typically been reinvested poorly.
The Reds can’t afford to let that happen when Worrall goes and Dane Murphy, along with Cooper will have to get busy in the market.
Forest will need another central defender and there’s arguably a case for two new enforcers should Worrall leave.
The Reds haven’t been in the Premier League for over 20 years and whilst that remains the case, supporters will have to watch the club get stripped of their prized assets.
Worrall looks likely to leave in January and how Forest use the funds will be key.