West Ham allegedly could sign Nottingham Forest centre-half Joe Worrall before the January window closes for a reduced fee.
That’s according to a report from The Athletic who claim that the 25-year-old man mountain could now be available for just £10 million.
Previous reports had claimed that Forest wanted around £12 million for Worrall (The Daily Mail).
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bring a top-class central defender to the London Stadium before the window closes.
With Angelo Ogbonna out for the season, we are only one defensive injury away from having to play Issa Diop again and that could seriously hinder our hopes of finishing inside the European places this season.
However, it seems as though the Hammers have a real chance to address that particular issue for a very reasonable fee.
West Ham could sign Worrall in the January window
The Athletic claims that Nottingham Forest are now prepared to sell the 25-year-old defender for just £10 million.
For that price, bringing him to the London Stadium from the City Ground should be an absolute no-brainer for David Moyes.
Joe Worrall has absolutely everything that the Scot looks for in a centre-half.
The 25-year-old is well known for being an aerially dominant and a tough tackling central defender.
Worrall stands at 6ft 4in tall and is a real warrior. He is exactly the kind of defender Moyes should be looking to sign.
He is a composed defender, extremely mature for his age and is already a real leader for Forest.
In 22 Championship appearances for Forest this season, Worrall has averaged two tackles, two interceptions, 3.7 clearances and one block per game. He has also won an average of 2.4 aerial duels per match during those outings (Who Scored).
His passing out from the back isn’t exactly the best but it’s far from poor either. Worrall has made 56.3 passes on average per game this season and has recorded a completion rate of 77.7% (Who Scored).
In my opinion, £10 million for Joe Worrall would represent very good value indeed for West Ham United. He would certainly be an upgrade on Diop.
Steven Gerrard once labelled the Forest ace as ‘outstanding’ during their time together at Rangers (The Record).
And as the clock continues to tick down towards the January window deadline, Moyes has to act fast. This shouldn’t prove to be too tricky to get over the line though. We would be more than happy if Worrall arrived at the London Stadium before Monday’s 11pm deadline.