West Ham are preparing to offer Emmanuel Longelo to Nottingham Forest as a makeweight in the quest to sign Joe Worrall, according to Claret and Hugh.
It emerged at the weekend that the centre-back was in the sights of the Hammers who are closely monitoring the Forest man.
Worrall is valued between £12-15 million by the Reds. Now, West Ham are preparing to throw the left-back into the deal to try and bring the price down.
The 25-year-old has been integral to Forest over the past three seasons and has really kicked on since spending a year with Rangers.
He has been linked with several clubs in the past. This summer it seems as though West Ham are leading the charge with Everton waiting in the wings.
Longelo is an interesting player. He was subject of a rejected bid from Forest in the summer, with the Hammers choosing to keep him around.
At 21 he looks like a player for the future. David Moyes did hand him a chance to shine in the Europa League earlier this season during a dead rubber against Dinamo Zagreb.
The left-back has made 13 appearances for the under-23s this season. He has also claimed three assists and fits the wing-back role down to the ground.
Forest must get very best deal for Worrall
It looks inevitable that Forest will lose Worrall in the summer. He has served the club well and probably deserves a move to the Premier League.
The challenge for the Reds is to stand firm on their valuation. Even if Longelo is to be included in the deal, that shouldn’t tempt Forest into dropping their price too much.
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Longelo is an exciting player and a quick one but he doesn’t have the same level of experience as Worrall. As a result, Forest must treat West Ham’s advances with a savvy approach to negotiating.
Losing Worrall will be a blow. The Reds do have Loic Mbe Soh and Jonathan Panzo waiting in reserve, however, and the club does look well-stocked at centre-back.