Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is being eyed by West Ham, with David Moyes being urged to bid for the centre-back, according to The Sun on Sunday (13.03; page 60).
Everton boss Frank Lampard is also keen, although their interest will only be concrete if they avoid relegation from the top-flight.
The Hammers are holding the aces right now. Moyes’ top aides are demanding that West Ham move for Worrall, with Forest wanting £15 million for his services.
The uncompromising centre-back has been outstanding once again for Forest this season.
Steve Cooper’s men are in the play-off picture and in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.
Worrall has largely been integral for the team he grew up supporting and failure to reach the Premier League will likely end his time at Forest.
The Reds defender has made 28 appearances for Forest this season and right now, he’s captaining the team in the absence of Lewis Grabban.
Losing him would be a blow but he’s proved a decent servant to Forest and he’s never let the club down.
West Ham would provide an attractive proposition for Worrall. They’re on course for European football once again and under Moyes, they are going places.
Forest set for Worrall departure
If any of the current crop deserve a move to the Premier League, it’s Worrall.
Worrall has served Forest with distinction and his style of play makes him tailor-made for a move to the top-flight.
The 25-year-old plays out from the back, defends by putting his body on the line and leads by example.
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Forest boss Cooper will need a replacement and with £15 million in the bank, he should be able to add an adequate replacement.
It will be sad to see Worrall leave. The challenge for Forest will be to replace him with a player capable of making an instant impact.