West Ham have not been shy when it comes to signing players from Championship clubs in recent years. One successful example is Jarrod Bowen, who the Hammers signed from Hull City back in the 2020 January transfer window and has since gone on to provide 42 goal contributions in 92 games across all competitions.
Looking ahead to the upcoming summer transfer window, it seems as though the east London club have set their sights on securing another Championship star and bringing him to the London Stadium, in what could potentially pave the way for one current Hammers figure to leave the club as a result.
According to a recent transfer report from The Sun, West Ham are keen on signing Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall during the upcoming summer transfer window if the Championship club fails to secure promotion to the top flight by the end of the season.
As a product of Forest’s youth academy, the 25-year-old, who has been dubbed as a “leader” and praised for his “outstanding” performances by Steven Gerrard when the defender spent some time on loan with Rangers, has made 168 senior appearances for the club across all competitions, chipping in with four goals and six assists along the way.
With 28 league appearances under his belt this season, the defender has earned himself an overall performance rating of 7, making him the sixth-highest rated player in Steve Cooper’s squad according to WhoScored, showing not only how important he is to the team with the number of games he’s played in but also how much quality he has.
Should David Moyes’ side secure Worrall’s signature in the summer, this could spell the end of the road in a West Ham shirt for Issa Diop.
He has only started nine league games this season and hasn’t managed to prove to the Hammers boss that he should be the first-choice centre-back there. WhoScored list him as the second-lowest rated player to have started more than one league game with an overall performance rating of just 6.44.
Taking this into account, if the club and Moyes feels that they would be better off giving Worrall the chance to step up to the plate in the Premier League rather than stick with Diop, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £61k-per-week according to Salary Sport, it could be curtains for his West Ham career.