Everton are keen to sign Nottingham Forest captain Joe Worrall this summer but there’s a big problem for the Toffees, according to The Sun.
The Merseyside-based club are hot on the heels of Worrall following his sparkling performances in the Reds’ back three.
West Ham and Brentford are also thought to be keen and perhaps those two clubs are about to be handed a sizeable boost.
It is claimed in the latest report that Everton have posted losses of £121 million in the last financial year and must sell before they can buy.
Remarkably, Frank Lampard’s men aren’t safe from relegation yet. They beat Manchester United 1-0 last week to bolster their hopes but are still looking over their shoulder.
Everton have done some desperately bad business in recent years. Money has been wasted on short-term stopgap signings and expensive flops.
The pursuit of Worrall perhaps suggests that Lampard is targeting a change in strategy at Goodison Park; with young British players the order of the day instead.
The 25-year-old has served his time at Forest with distinction. He supporters the club as a boy and has always given his all when he’s worn the Garibaldi.
Premier League beckons for Forest man Worrall but he’s better than Everton
If there’s one player who thoroughly deserves a crack at the big time it’s the central defender. The hope will be that he can help Forest win promotion but if not, he does look set for a summer switch.
Worrall won’t be short of suitors and he should choose his next club carefully. As a result, he might be wise to give the basket case that is Everton a wide berth.
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It’s been a dreadful season for the Toffees and given their recorded losses, next season might not suddenly become any easier.
Worrall is good enough to play for a top-half Premier League club. If the time does come for him to move he should weigh up his options very carefully.