Crystal Palace must swoop for Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall over the summer as chairman Steve Parish looks to rebuild the first team squad.
What’s the story?
According to The Athletic, the Eagles are among several Premier League clubs interested in acquiring the 24-year-old’s services after an impressive 2020/21 campaign.
The report claimed that Worrall is available for around £10m, with Burnley and West Ham United also closely monitoring the in-demand defender.
Parish must swoop
With Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann currently set to become free agents at the end of the month, signing a couple of new centre-backs is likely to be a priority for the south London club.
The Englishman has previously enjoyed several loan spells away from the City Ground, including a 12-month stint with Scottish giants Rangers throughout 2018/19.
After the powerful defender bagged a crucial equaliser against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup, his former manager Steven Gerrard showered the former England Under-21 international with praise, telling The Scottish Sun (via Nottinghamshire Live): “I thought Joe Worrall was outstanding. What a big goal to keep his team in the cup.
“It was a Man of the Match performance, and he will be a captain of whatever team he plays for. He is a leader, and he stepped up today.”
Palace had the oldest Premier League squad in the recently concluded campaign, and it’s a major issue which Parish will surely be keen to address over the coming months.
However, with the financial impact of the ongoing pandemic likely limiting the capital club’s budget, whoever succeeds Roy Hodgson will have to overhaul the squad on a shoestring budget.
Therefore, picking up Worrall for a relatively bargain price of £10m makes sense in more ways than one for the Eagles. He could feasibly form the base of Palace’s side for many years to come and be a pivotal part of the new-look side, no matter who is finally installed as Hodgson’s replacement.