Fulham want to sign Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall and sent a scout to watch him in both play-off games against Sheffield United, according to The Sun.
The 25-year-old defender has several clubs chasing him in the Premier League. West Ham and Leicester have also been linked in recent weeks.
Worrall has been a mainstay in the Forest team for the last three seasons. During 2021/22, he’s captained the Reds when Lewis Grabban has been on the treatment table.
His commitment to the Forest cause has never come into question. He’d dearly love to help the Reds win promotion by beating Huddersfield in next week’s play-off final.
Worrall made his debut in the senior ranks in 2016. He starred in a defeat against Reading and hasn’t really looked back when it comes to playing regularly for the club.
The only manager who hasn’t fancied Worrall was Aitor Karanka. He chose to loan the defender out for the 2018/19 campaign and the experience he got at Rangers has put him in good shape.
Fulham won the Championship recently. They have become a yo-yo club in recent years and they’ll want to sign players that can help them prevent another instant relegation.
Worrall has made 182 appearances for Forest in total. If he does leave he will be sorely missed and Steve Cooper will almost certainly go in search of a replacement.
Fulham want Worrall but Forest man can do far better
Take absolutely nothing away from Fulham, but Worrall has earned the right to play for a bigger club. With West Ham and Leicester both in the mix to sign him, he’d be wise to sit tight.
Of course, this could all be theoretical. Forest could be a Premier League club next week and that would almost certainly see Worrall stay at the City Ground.
The youngster was pretty good in both play-off games. He did look exhausted following the second leg against the Blades but he’ll be raring to go next Sunday.
Worrall deserves a crack at the Premier League. The hope will be that the defender is lining up with Forest in the top-flight next season.