Football League World are claiming that West Ham United still want Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall ahead of the summer transfer window.
The man who has captained Forest in recent weeks is a target for several Premier League clubs, with Leicester linked at the weekend.
Worrall has been a real leader in the Forest team this season. Losing him would be a blow but if the Reds don’t win promotion, it looks like being a formality.
Forest will have to balance the books somehow and Worrall is one of the players that the club will know fetches a sizeable fee.
At 25, the Reds defender is more than deserving of a crack at the top-flight and he’s proved this season that he’s too good for the Championship now.
Worrall is big, strong and is capable of playing out from the back as a ball-playing defender. He can also operate with one or two other central defenders.
If Forest can’t get over the line in the quest for promotion, Financial Fair Play will remain one of Forest’s main focuses for the summer.
That could mean Worrall departing and in West Ham, he’d be heading to a club that will also have European football on their agenda next season.
West Ham want Worrall but Forest will hope to keep him
If Forest win promotion to the Premier League it seems likely that the Reds defender will be named as the club’s first Premier League captain for over two decades.
He will have no desire to leave if the club go up, with West Ham, Leicester and several other clubs likely to be forced into looking elsewhere.
Right now, however, those promotion chances are on a knife-edge. A win over Sheffield United tonight would send Forest to Wembley. There is, however, still lots of work to do.
West Ham will have a significant attraction to them. They will be in Europe and under David Moyes, they’ve defied the odds during the last two seasons.
Worrall is, of course, a wanted man. It’s a sign that Forest are doing well and at this moment, the Reds star will be focused on helping the Reds realise their own promotion dream.