Newcastle are looking at Nottingham Forest’s 22-year-old centre-back Joe Worrall as a potential January signing, according to the Sun, with Steve Bruce looking to improve the squad.
The young Nottingham native has impressed in the Championship so far this season, and at a young age, would fit the mould of a Newcastle signing in the Mike Ashley era.
The article also states that Newcastle would seek to get the player at a reduced fee, with it claiming the defender is out of contract this summer.
But that seems to be inaccurate, with the official Nottingham Forest website confirming Worrall signed a deal at the City Ground when he graduated from the Forest academy, which keeps him at the club until 2022.
Therefore, it remains to be seen what type of bid would tempt the second tier club to cash in on their prospect.
As a local player at the City Ground, it is also questionable if the player himself would want to leave the club – particularly with them sitting second in the table, and with a real chance of promotion to the Premier League themselves.
Joe Worrall continued to develop on loan at Rangers last season
Worrall spent last season on loan at Rangers in the SPFL, and made steady progress during his time there, playing 32 times for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Newcastle seem well-stocked at centre-back this season, and if Newcastle are said to be tracking a potential signing for the position, Toon fans will start to worry that it could mean one of their current defenders is set to leave.
The most likely of the present crop who would be sought-after is Fabian Schar, who has excelled this season, and just looks better with each passing game.
It could be that the club are bracing themselves for a potential bid for the Swiss international, and if he were to have his head turned and express a desire to leave, they will need to be ready to move quickly for a replacement.
If that is the case, Worrall could be seen as the person to draft in, should they be able to persuade him to make the move.