Burnley have been given a clear message by Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi over their reported interest in Joe Worrall.
As per Alan Nixon, the Clarets have been linked with a move for the defender, who according to the journalist is valued at £10m by the Championship club – a fee which Burnley are not willing to even meet halfway.
Lamouchi has now made his stance on the 23-year-old clear as, when asked about the possibility of him leaving, the Forest manager told Nottinghamshire Live: “With Joe Worrall, I have been extremely clear – it is a no; no way for me.”
Nottingham Forest’s need to sell Worrall has diminished considerably in recent days after they bankrolled an initial £14m, with a potential £2m in add-ons still to come, from the sale of Matty Cash to Aston Villa.
As mentioned above, Burnley are still well short of the Championship club’s asking price for their centre-back, with Nixon tweeting this week that the Clarets are unwilling to go beyond £4m in their pursuit of the 23-year-old.
Sean Dyche had been running the risk of going into the new season with a shortage of centre-back experience, being forced to play youngsters Jimmy Dunne and Bobby Thomas during the midweek friendly against Preston.
However, with last season’s first-choice partnership Ben Mee and James Tarkowski both hopeful of being fit in time for their Premier League opener against Leicester in two weeks’ time, the Clarets should be adequately stocked in this area. Kevin Long is also due to come back into the frame at some stage.
Is it time for Burnley to forget about Joe Worrall?
However, with neither the Clarets nor Forest seemingly willing to budge on their respective valuations of the player, and with Lamouchi emphatically indicating that he has no plans to sell him, it is perhaps time for Burnley to move on from a transfer trail which appears to be taking them nowhere fast.
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