West Ham United are reportedly eyeing a move for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to reports.
As per The Sun, the Hammers are keeping tabs on the 25-year-old, with the club contemplating a move should Steve Cooper’s side fail to secure promotion in this weekend’s Championship playoff final.
Victory for the City Ground outfit at Wembley would likely see the former Rangers man stay put, although should Huddersfield run out winners then David Moyes and co may have a chance, with the player having been described as “destined for the Premier League” by pundit Des Oldham.
The east Londoners will face competition from the likes of Leicester City and Fulham for the player’s signature, however, according to the report.
Although the £3.6m-rated colossus may not play in the same position as current Hammers star Jarrod Bowen, he could well mirror the former Hull City man in making the step up from the Championship to the top-flight at the London Stadium.
Plucked from the second tier back in January 2020 in a £20m deal, Bowen has since made the jump to the higher level with relative ease, notably bagging 12 goals and ten assists in the league this season, with suggestions that he may now be worth as much as £75m.
The 25-year-old’s swift adjustment has shown there is a pathway for players to emerge from the lower divisions and cement themselves into the West Ham first team under Moyes, with Worrall seemingly having the talent to follow suit next term.
The towering 6 foot 4 brute has enjoyed a fine campaign as the Forest skipper thus far, notably keeping 16 clean sheets in 39 regular-season games, averaging 3.1 clearances, 1.9 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game, while also winning a solid 63% of his total duels.
One dubbed a “fantastic player” by Steven Gerrard, the former England U21 international has gone from strength to strength over the last few seasons, playing a key role in the club’s run to the FA Cup quarter-final earlier this season.
Should GSB and Moyes make a move for him this summer, it could prove to be another market masterstroke from the Scotsman, with Worrall potentially another star that he can pluck from the EFL, in the mould of Bowen.