Joe Worrall - Nottingham Forest

Premier League side West Ham United are monitoring Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall, according to The Sun.

European football is a distinct possibility for the Hammers next season. Moyes’s side currently sit 6th in the league on 55 points, just 6 points off Leicester in 4th with a game in hand.

Whether it’s Champions League or Europa League for West Ham next season, Moyes and the board will be acutely aware of the need to reinforce in the summer ahead of what will be a gruelling campaign.

David Moyes is well known for his scouting acumen and takes a hands-on approach when it comes to transfers. Since re-joining West Ham in 19/20, the 58-year-old Scotsman has shown he’s not afraid to recruit players from the Championship.

Saïd Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Craig Dawson have all been picked up from the second tier. All three signings can be considered successful, although Benrahma has struggled to find consistency during his first topflight campaign. Nevertheless, the tricky Algerian brings with him a dynamism and versatility which makes him a useful asset, especially given the squad rotation that’s likely to be required next term.

Worrall has previously been linked with a £15million move to either Burnley or Norwich. However, the centre-back’s stock has risen markedly over the past two seasons since arriving back at the City Ground from a season-long loan with Rangers.

At 24 years of age, Worrall can boast 136 first team appearances for the East Midlands club, as well as a number of appearances as captain during the current campaign. He has been an ever-present in a Nottingham Forest team which has the 5th best defence in the entire Championship; Hughton’s side have conceded just 43 goals all season, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process.

After losing Matty Cash to Aston Villa last season, Forest won’t want to lose Worrall – who is comfortably considered their prized defensive asset. However, as is usually the case in the Championship, all players have a price tag; Worrall’s is likely to have risen.  

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