Newcastle were first linked with Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall during the week before our victory over Manchester United in early October.
At the time, a report in the Sun claimed that Steve Bruce wanted to bring the 22-year-old in for a knockdown price in January.
The claim was that his contract ran out in 2020 and that he could be gotten for a cut-rate fee. However, a follow-up report in the Nottingham Post correctly countered that he had signed an extension to 2022.
Worrall’s name has come up again today with the Mirror linking him to both Newcastle and Everton.
The Chronicle has noted that in the Mirror’s print edition, there is a claim that Newcastle are regularly scouting the 6’4″ center-back.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) November 27, 2019
The Nottingham born defender is a Nottingham Forest Academy product who has risen through their ranks to become a first-team regular. He joined the club at the age of 14 in 2011.
Last season, Worrall made 32 appearances on loan under Steven Gerrard at Rangers. This season he has started all 16 games in the Championship for Sabri Lamouchi’s side.
Newcastle have been linked with quite a few central defenders this fall. There are Preston’s Ben Davies, Burnley’s Ben Gibson, and Real Valladolid’s Mohammed Salisu, to name a few.
It appears as though Newcastle will be in the market for a new central defender, most likely this summer. That does not bode well for a new contract for Federico Fernandez, whose current deal runs until this summer.
There’s also Fabian Schar and Ciaran Clark, whose deals run until 2021. While we hope Fabian Schar is in line for an improved contract; Clark, at the age of 30, is up for debate despite his recent form.
Newcastle may also want to get some younger defenders in as Jamaal Lascelles at 26 is the youngest of our 6 center-backs. In that regard, it would make sense that Newcastle scouting some of these players.