West Brom Weigh Up Move for Exciting Nottingham Forest Prospect Joe Worrall

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

​West Brom are eyeing up a move for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to ​the Mirror.

While stalwart Gareth McAuley has recently signed a one-year extension on his recent deal, Baggies boss Tony Pulis is still looking for a successor for the Northern Irishman, who has scored six Premier League goals this season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest looks dejected in the dieing seconds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Nottingham Forest at Craven Cottage on February 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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However, McAuley is 38 in December and, despite his great form this season, West Brom are eager to sign a replacement and see youth prospect Worrall as a player potentially ready to fill the void.

The 20-year-old has played 19 Championship games this season after making his debut for Forest earlier in the current campaign. It's been another disappointing season for Mark Warburton's side, who are currently fighting to avoid relegation, but Worrall has been one of their standout performers.

His displays have interested West Brom, who have the likes of McAuley, Liam Dawson and Jonny Evans available as centre-back options, but should he be signed he would likely be marked as a player for the future.

Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi is currently negotiating the sale of the club with Greek businessman Evangelos Marinakis. However, with talks dragging on, the club could sell more first-team players including Worrall, who only signed a new three-and-a-half contract in February.

Worrall is also being monitored by England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd ahead of a possible summer call-up. The Three Lions youth side currently boast centre-backs Jack Stephens, Rob Holding, Joe Gomez and Kortney Hause.

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