Joe Worrall has been in fine form for Nottingham Forest this season and is believed to have attracted interest from Newcastle United according to Mike McGrath of The Sun. The report has a number of inaccuracies, however, which Vital Forest have explained below…
‘(Steve Bruce) is eyeing a January move for Worrall on the cheap as the Forest youth graduate is out of contract in the summer.’
- Worrall signed a four-and-a-half year deal for Nottingham Forest in 2017 and won’t be out of contract until 2022.
‘Bruce reckons the no-nonsense defender can help shore up his backline for the second half of the season.’
- Newcastle have Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejuene at centre-back, so it’s hard to see them signing another without offloading one.
‘If Forest can maintain their promotion push, it will make Newcastle’s task of signing Worrall even greater.’
- Forest are under no obligation to sell Worrall as his contract has three years to run at the City Ground.
- The 22-year-old has also been a standout performer for Forest, so it’s hard to see him being sold midseason.
‘(Bruce) is especially looking to bring in defenders with his side conceding 13 in their last seven matches including five at Leicester last weekend.’
- Before losing 5-0 to Leicester (September 29), Newcastle had conceded eight goals in seven games and boasted the seventh-best defensive record in the Premier League
- The Magpies have recently beaten Manchester United 1-0 and boast two clean sheets from their last three league games too.
Forest are unlikely to sell Worrall for any price in January as they’re currently on course for automatic promotion.
Steve Bruce doesn’t need to add a sixth centre-back to his Newcastle side either, especially with the Toon Army shutting out two sides in recent weeks.