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West Ham set to seal ‘Formidable’ summer signing, defender could be used in deal – report


West Ham are reportedly set to win the race to sign Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall.

According to Claret and Hugh, they will beat Everton to secure the 24-year-old centre-back’s services.

It has also been reported that Emmanuel Longelo could be used as a makeweight to get the deal over the line.

Worrall is someone the Hammers have been tracking for a while and have kept a close eye on his development.

They’re obviously pleased with how he’s progressed over the years and now look set to make him their first summer signing.

With Angelo Ogbonna injury prone and 34 next season, it makes sense to sign someone younger.

Craig Dawson and Issa Diop are decent but they’re not quite good enough to be Kurt Zouma’s long-term partners.

That said, David Moyes must also be careful about Worrall and not throw him straight into the eleven.

He’s still inexperienced in a big league and ideally, the Hammers must sign someone of the Zouma’s ilk with Worrall playing as an understudy for a few seasons.

The 24-year-old came through the Forest youth academy and was part of a “formidable” centre-half duo in 2019 [The Athletic].

Whether or not this deal goes over the line, remains to be seen, but there certainly is some excitement about it, given how key a position it is for West Ham.