According to the Daily Record, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is interested in signing Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall on loan. This is a deal that would benefit both parties.
The England under-21 international has not featured in the Championship this season, as it appears that he has fallen out of favour with new manager Aitor Karanka.
The Spanish manager has opted for centre-backs Tobias Figueiredo and Danny Fox, and occasionally Michael Dawson, this season over the 6ft 4 Worrall. That is why a loan move obviously makes sense as Worrall will want as much game time as possible.
Gerrard has been pursuing a number of defenders this summer, as he hopes to shore up a defence that was very weak last season, and sees Worrall (valued at £7.2m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) as an answer to his defensive woes. From Forest’s perspective this works as well, because it avoids having to loan one of their players to a rival side. There is no risk of this deal backfiring.
But it is imperative that this is just a loan deal. Forest could be in trouble if they sell the 21-year-old to Rangers. Alongside the rumours that striker Ben Brereton may be sold to Blackburn, The Reds will not want to lose too many of their young prospects.
Even if these players are to be sold, it should be done in a season or two, when their value has increased a lot more. Selling them now would be a divestment that they may regret.
Although Worrall played over 50 times for The Reds over the past two seasons, and captained an England under-21 side that won the 2017 Toulon Tournament, this was still not enough to work his way into Karanka’s plans.
There is no point letting a player waste away with no game time, particularly when they have as much potential as Worrall. That is why loaning him to a Rangers side that will appreciate him suits both clubs perfectly.