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Chris Hughton reacts to transfer interest in key Nottingham Forest player

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Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton remained coy on speculation recently linking Joe Worrall with a move to Burnley.

Worrall has recently recovered from a broken foot, which sidelined him for the best part of two months in what has been a frustrating first-half of the season.

The 23-year-old made his return to the starting line-up against Watford last week, and was given the captain’s armband upon his return to the side.

Worrall was an ever-present in the Championship under Sabri Lamouchi, as Forest agonisingly missed out on a play-off place on the final day of the season.

Burnley had bids rejected for the defender over the course of the summer, but The Sun on Sunday have recently claimed that the Clarets are now lining up a January deal.

Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Hughton refused to comment on speculation linking Worrall with a move away, saying you get used to it when you have been in the game for so long.

He said: “I’ve just had a wry smile now, because it’s the very first I’ve heard of it. Joe has just been back for two games.

“You get used to it. For any type of speculation, you get used to it. What I’ve learned over the years is a very large majority of speculation is exactly that.

“He’s a very talented young footballer. What I have found at this football club is that it is a club which wants to produce young players.

“We’ve got a very good academy, which is looking to get bigger and stronger.

“As many good young players we can bring through and keep in the side, the better.”

The Verdict

I can’t see Worrall leaving Nottingham Forest in January, not at all.

He has only just recovered from a frustrating foot injury, and he will now be looking to get his head down, work hard and help Forest steer clear of the relegation zone.

He signed a new long-term deal at the City Ground last season, too, so from a financial perspective, Forest do not need to cash in anytime soon.


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