Southampton are said to be eyeing a summer move for Nottingham Forest centre back Joe Worrall as they look to replace Jannik Vestergaard, as per a recent report by Hampshire Live.
The Premier League side’s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has outlined his intentions to bring in a replacement for the Dane who recently moved to Leicester City and it appears that the much sought after Worrall has now appeared on their radar.
Here, we weigh up whether a move to the South Coast would suit the 24-ye-old as yet another top flight side registers their interest in his services.
Is it a good potential move?
Southampton have always been a club that likes to bring in players for a slightly smaller fee, develop them and sell them on and for this reason a move to St Mary’s could catapult Worrall’s career to a whole other level.
He has arguably done all he can at Forest aside from getting promotion and there seems to be a growing feeling that he is due to move on to a new and more challenging environment after proving himself in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Saints could offer him that and if a bid comes in for his services, it’s sure to be something he’d really like to consider making a go of.
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Would he start?
Considering the amount of money that Southampton would have to pay in order to convince Forest to sell one of their star men, it would be fair to assume that Worrall would slot straight into the starting eleven under Hasenhuttl.
The centre back would be expected to slot in alongside either Jack Stephens or Mohammed Salisu at the heart of the backline and would give Southampton far more depth in that area.
In short, it would be fair to say that Worrall can be an almost guaranteed starter if he makes this potential move.
What does he offer?
Worrall is a commanding presence at centre back who already has great leadership skills which help him to stand out amongst players both of his age and above.
The defender is also comfortable in possession of the ball, which is a quality that most Premier League sides look for in their backline players nowadays, with Saints being no different.
Meanwhile he is also said to be valued by Forest at around £10 million, which means he would come a lot cheaper in the current market than some similar players in his position who may play in a higher league.
A move for Worrall would certainly tick a lot of boxes for the Saints and they could now put the ball in Forest’s court by making an opening bid for the player.