WEST HAM is set to supply Premier League football to Joe Worrall next season should Nottingham Forest miss out on promotion.
Hammers scouts have increased their interest in the 6ft 4in centre-back as his impressive performances have kept Steve Cooper’s side in pursuit of league and FA Cup glory.
And David Moyes’ most trusted aides are telling him to pay the price for Worrall if Forest can’t come up from the championship.
Forest may need to sell if they are not promoted – and will want somewhere between £12m and £15m for Worrall.
Brentford tried for the 25-year-old Worrall earlier in the season and others have watched him – including Everton, where the defense is being brutally exposed during their disastrous campaign.
But the Hammers seem to love with boss Moyes planning to add TWO midfielders in the summer transfer window.
They could sell Issa Diop at the end of the season while fellow defender Craig Dawson is also entering the final year of his contract.
Moyes’ men also tested Sheffield United’s trusty John Egan, 29, last week.
Like Worrall, Egan can be sold over the summer if Blades don’t raise the price.
And the price to pay will be within West Ham’s range given his age and the wages United may have to drop.
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The Republic of Ireland defender is also keen to return to the Premier League after being relegated to Bramall Lane last season.
West Ham are looking to strengthen their defence in an attempt to take down European football.
They have conceded 35 goals this season – six more than Arsenal, who are ahead of them in fifth place.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4883012/west-ham-joe-worrell-transfer-nottingham-forest/ West Ham step up transfer pursuit for Nottingham Forest midfielder Joe Worrall but face competition from two rivals