Burnley have been told to pay at least £10m if they want to sign Joe Worrall from Nottingham Forest – a fee at which they have apparently baulked.
That is according to journalist Alan Nixon, who tweeted (via @reluctantnicko) that the Championship club want an eight-figure fee for the centre-back, something which is putting the Clarets off from engaging in a potential deal.
Burnley. Forest want 10m for Joe Worrall. Putting them off at this stage. Gibson and Boro return on loan still looks favourite.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 23, 2020
Two weeks ago, the same reporter claimed via Twitter that the Lancashire club are keen on the 23-year-old.
Worrall was an integral figure in Nottingham Forest’s ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of a play-off position in the 2019/20 Championship, playing every single minute of their league campaign and contributing with a goal and four assists from the heart of Sabri Lamouchi’s defence (as per TransferMarkt).
While he wins notably fewer headers per game (3.2) than Burnley centre-back duo James Tarkowski and Ben Mee with 5.2 and 4.1 respectively, the 23-year-old is far more composed in possession than the Clarets’ defensive pairing. Worrall’s passing success rate of 80.9% far outstrips the 71.4% of Mee and 70.8% of Tarkowski.
However, Burnley’s experience of signing another centre-back mentioned in Nixon’s tweet for an eight-figure fee has been a chastening one. After they made Ben Gibson their joint-record signing at £15m from Middlesbrough in 2018, he played only six times in the subsequent two seasons, being frozen out by Sean Dyche after reportedly falling out with staff at Turf Moor.
Burnley could do with another centre-back, given their relative lack of depth in that position, and Worrall is a trusted campaigner (judging by his ever-present league status last term) who could offer the Clarets a ball-playing alternative to Mee and Tarkowski.
Should Burnley consider paying £10m for Joe Worrall?
However, having had their fingers burnt by the ill-fated £15m acquisition of Gibson, it is understandable that they are seemingly reluctant to fork out £10m for the Nottingham Forest man, whose TransferMarkt valuation is just under half that amount at £4.95m.
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