Nottingham Forest should look to move Joe Worrall on this summer amid reports of interest from Norwich City.
According to a report by The Sun (via Football League World), Worrall is on Daniel Farke’s list of summer targets for his newly promoted Norwich City side, as the German manager looks to strengthen his backline ahead of the Canaries’ Premier League campaign next season.
Alan Nixon has also claimed that it appears “likely” that the 24-year-old will be sold to “the highest bidder” this summer, with it previously being reported that Forest would be demanding a fee of around £12 million to part with the centre-back.
It is hardly surprising to hear that Norwich are considering a move for Worrall this summer, as the centre-back has highly impressed over his 29 Championship appearances for Chris Hughton’s side this term, helping his team in keeping 11 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 0.7 tackles and 4.3 clearances per game.
However, despite his admirable displays, as well as his clear importance to the Forest backline, there are a number of reasons why this summer could be the perfect time to cash in on the former Rangers loanee, whom Steven Gerrard dubbed a “leader” during his time in Glasgow.
Firstly, with Worrall under contract at The City Ground until the summer of 2024, the fee that Forest could reasonably demand for his sale is likely to be the highest it will be for the foreseeable future – with it appearing unlikely that the centre-back will put pen to paper on a new deal any time soon.
Secondly, with Norwich receiving a cash injection having secured promotion to the top flight, Forest know full well that Farke’s side have the funds available to pay for Worrall, putting them in a relative position of power in any negotiations.
And, finally, and perhaps most importantly, with Nottingham Forest having something of a season to forget in the Championship, it is evident that much work is needed to be done in the transfer market this summer, something which the sale of Worrall could help fund – while also meaning that the club’s owner, Evangelos Marinakis, would not have to dip into his own pocket quite so deeply, a positive sign for the financial health of the club.