West Ham sent scouts to watch Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall during last night’s FA Cup clash against Liverpool. According to Claret and Hugh, the Hammers were left feeling extremely impressed with his performance.

Worrall was inspired against Liverpool. The 25-year-old was named Player of the Match for his performance as Forest tried to stand firm against the former Premier League champions.

The youngster has been fantastic during 2021/22. He has captained the team in Lewis Grabban’s absence and has led by example to the younger players.

Everton are also thought to have watched Worrall yesterday. Their perilous league position, however, could make West Ham the favourites to sign him.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
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The Hammers are in the last eight of the Europa League and they could qualify for the competition once again next season.

That would surely tempt Worrall into a move south. He would find it difficult to resist the razzamatazz of the London Stadium.

The Forest academy graduate has been a loyal servant to the club he supporters as a boy growing up in Hucknall.

He has made 170 appearances for his boyhood club and since a loan spell at Rangers during 2018/19 he’s grown as a footballer.

Class: Worrall performance against Liverpool will earn him move from Forest

It won’t impress Forest fans but yesterday’s showing will undoubtedly earn him a move to the big time in the summer.

He showcased that he’s capable of mixing it with Premier League players and naturally, clubs will come calling in the summer.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
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The challenge facing Forest is to ensure that they get the very best deal for the central defender and replace him with real quality.

Scott McKenna and Steve Cook will be at the club next season, as will Loic Mbe Soh and Jonathan Panzo.

As a result, the transition of Worrall leaving could be pretty seamless for the Reds when the time comes during the summer transfer window.

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