Southampton could be in for a major boost in their pursuit of Joe Worrall after former Nottingham Forest frontman Nigel Jemson suggested the defender is itching for a Premier League move.
Saints have been heavily linked with Forest centre-half Worrall as the transfer deadline nears, although reports suggest the 24-year-old is also on the radar of Premier League rivals Brentford, Burnley, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
Southampton’s interest comes following the departure of Denmark international Jannik Vestergaard, who completed a £15million switch to Leicester City having entered the final 12 months of his contract at St Mary’s Stadium.
Worrall, who is yet to feature for Forest this season due to a calf injury, made 33 appearances for Forest last term and caught the eye with some impressive displays.
While he is yet to taste Premier League football, Worrall boasts experience in Scotland’s top tier thanks to a spell with Rangers.
Jemson is confident Worrall would make the grade at Southampton.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said: “Joe is a local lad who has done really well. He went up to Rangers and played under a great manager in front of a big amount of fans at Ibrox. He learnt his trade there and came back a better player for it.
“He has come into the first team at Nottingham Forest on a regular basis and performed at a very good level.
“He’s going to attract attention. Every player’s dream in the Championship is to play in the Premier League and I’m sure Joe is no exception to that.”