According to Paul Taylor of Nottinghamshire Live, Nottingham Forest have made a decision not to sell Joe Worrall. The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Hull City and Queens Park Rangers this summer, but Forest want to keep Worrall in the first-team.
Sabri Lamouchi has a lot of centre-backs in the squad – Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Dawson, Yohan Benalouane, Michael Hefele, Alexander Milosevic and Jack Robinson – but he clearly feels Worrall has a bright future at the City Ground.
The England u21 international has made 56 appearances in all competitions for the Reds since rising through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2015, scoring just one goal. He spent last season on loan at Rangers and did well enough in Scotland to be retained by Forest.
Worrall’s age may have been a factor in the decision. Dawson is 35 years old and will be out of contract next summer. Benalouane is 32 and will also be out of contract next summer. Hefele has been made available for sale, so three central defenders could be on their way out of Forest in the next 12 months.
The Reds could find themselves short on options at the back unless they retain the likes of Worrall, so it’s easy to see why they want to keep the youngster.