An offer in the region of £10 million, with the majority of the fee paid upfront, will be reportedly be needed for Nottingham Forest to consider selling Burnley and West Ham United target Joe Worrall this summer.
The 24-year-old cemented his place as arguably the Reds’ most important player last season, returning from injury to command the backline and help Chris Hughton’s side become one of the meanest defences in the Championship.
Worrall’s performances have not gone unnoticed in the Premier League, with Burnley understood to be still keen after three years in pursuit and West Ham also linked with a move.
According to The Athletic, however, it would take an offer in the region of £10 million for the East Midlands club to even consider a sale.
The report claims that the majority of that fee would need to be paid upfront, with Burnley seeing a £10 million offer rejected in January that was largely based upon future clauses rather than guaranteed money.
Forest are in a strong negotiating position when it comes to their academy product as Worrall still has three years left on his deal at the City Ground.
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This may be something of a worrying update for Forest supporters, who are likely to feel that their star centre-back is worth more than the £10 million touted in this report.
His importance at the heart of their backline should not be underestimated and it would be a hammer blow for Hughton to lose him, despite the other options available to him at centre-back.
£10 million seems a fairly agreeable fee for the 24-year-old and you feel if this is the club’s stance, we may see the likes of Burnley and West Ham test their resolve this summer.