Norwich City transfer rumours: Forest braced for January interest in defender

PUBLISHED: 11:22 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:22 08 January 2020

Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall under pressure from Marco Stiepermann during Norwich City's 1-0 defeat at the City Ground during 2017-18 
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Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall under pressure from Marco Stiepermann during Norwich City's 1-0 defeat at the City Ground during 2017-18 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Nottingham Forest are bracing themselves for Premier League interest in defender Joe Worrall this month, with Norwich City said to be among the clubs considering a bid.

Worrall, who turns 23 on Friday, is under contract until 2022 and has been an ever-present for Forest in central defence so far this season.

The Daily Mirror report that Norwich, West Ham and Sheffield United are all considering making bids for the former England Under-21 international due to his impressive form.

Worrall was named in the WhoScored.com team of the month for December, with an average performance rating of 7.32 out of 10 from the statistical experts.

Football Insider also reported in November that Arsenal had been scouting the Forest academy product, who captained his hometown club twice in the League Cup earlier this season.

Worrall spent last season on loan in Scotland with Rangers, making 32 appearances, having also had a loan spell at Dagenham and Redbridge when he was younger.

He faced the Canaries during 2017-18, helping Forest to keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 home win but being kept on the bench for a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

VERDICT: Looks very likely to be a player on City's radar but highly unlikely to be a player they can afford this month.

A young defender performing so consistently for a Championship promotion chaser is highly unlikely to be sold for less than £10m - a figure which Daniel Farke has already admitted the Canaries cannot spend on individual players this January.

Just four players average more than Worrall's average of 5.4 clearances per game in the Championship this season, according to WhoScored.com, and he also averages the most blocks at 1.3 per game.

At around 6ft 2ins tall and with a pass completion rate of 81.1pc, he would appear to have many of the attributes which would make him a good fit for the Canaries.

Yet would he pass up a shot at promotion with his hometown club and would they even consider selling when sitting fourth in the table? It looks unlikely.

File this one as a summer option, if Forest miss out on promotion, when City could well end up with more financial freedom, whichever division they are in.

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