West Ham United remain interested in Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall. According to The Athletic, the Hammers are keen to bolster their defence before Monday and the 25-year-old is on their radar.
The centre-back is currently out injured. He cracked his ribs during a 1-0 win away at Millwall earlier this month and will be out for six weeks.
Worrall has bags of experience despite his tender years. He spent a year at Rangers during 2018/19 and since returning from Ibrox he’s been a mainstay in the Forest team.
After starring at Rangers, Steven Gerrard called him ‘outstanding’ and a ‘future captain‘. Worrall has worn the armband several times for Forest and the future looks very bright.
The Hucknall-born defender has made 160 appearances for Forest. He also made 32 for Rangers and before then played 15 times for Dagenham and Redbridge on loan.
Now, his future looks uncertain. Worrall told Robin Chipperfield on YouTube that he was close to leaving for a Premier League club during the summer; although the move fell south at the eleventh hour.
The homegrown talent is expected to miss six weeks of action but that might not stop West Ham from stepping up their interest.
After playing for over an hour with three broken ribs, Steve Cooper called Worrall ‘incredible‘ during his post-match interview.
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Although the player looks destined for the Premier League, the club has shown real signs under Cooper that it can be achieved this season.
Worrall would surely fancy a piece of that. He’s spoken before about Forest being his club and he’d surely welcome the chance to be the man to take the Reds to the Promised Land.
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West Ham have a significant attraction, however. David Moyes has done great things and this season they have a genuine chance of reaching the top-four.
Worrall would surely welcome the famous European nights and he might find himself between a rock and a hard place.
Forest will undoubtedly be hoping to keep hold of their star defender.