Newcastle United had placed Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall on their shortlist of defensive targets this month, according to Nottinghamshire Live.
The centre-back is, however, further down the list than several other higher profile central defenders under consideration by Eddie Howe.
Worrall is currently injured. He missed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Derby and boss Steve Cooper confirmed afterwards that he’ll miss six weeks of action.
The 25-year-old has been tipped for a Premier League move for some time. He nearly left the City Ground in the summer, although Brentford pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.
They chose to sign Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic instead. Worrall, who did have an injury prior to the season starting, stayed put on Trentside.
Since Steve Cooper came to the club, he’s kicked on. He’s made the spot on the right of a three-man central defensive unit his own.
Although Forest defeated Derby at the weekend, it’s fair to say they missed Worrall. His ball-playing capabilities are unmatched in the Reds squad and Cooper will need to find a solution.
Given his injury, it does now look unlikely that he will be sold. Worrall has been monitored by a number of Premier League clubs and he does look destined for the top-flight at some point.
Caution: If Worrall does leave Forest it shouldn’t be for Newcastle
The defender will be ambitious and he’ll desperately fancy playing in the Premier League. Leaving now for Newcastle would represent something of a risk.
The Magpies are still embroiled in a relegation battle and he won’t want to leave to then be playing Championship football again in six months.
- STANDOUT: Forest man enjoys memorable AFCON performance
Worrall is good enough to play for an established Premier League outfit. If he holds on until the summer, he could have a plethora of clubs in for his services.
Forest are in the mix for a play-off place this season. As a Nottingham-born player surely it won’t be in Worrall’s make-up to seek a move now.