By Jack Cunningham

15th Sep, 2021 | 4:10pm

Reported West Ham target Joe Worrall discusses summer speculation

Reported West Ham transfer target Joe Worrall has been discussing his feelings on the transfer rumours about him.

The Nottingham Forest centre-back was linked with a move to the Irons in July by The Athletic and the 24-year-old admitted in a press conference on Tuesday that he was flattered to be linked with a move to the Premier League [Football League World].

However, the Englishman insisted that he never thought about leaving Forest and remains fully committed to the club.

He said: “There’s always stuff flying about, about players going here, there and everywhere.

“I don’t really let all that sort of stuff affect me. I think that’s very clear to everybody. My head was never away from Forest, ever.

“It was very flattering, and you always see stuff. No matter how well you play, you always get linked with different clubs.

“But for me, I was always set on playing for Forest.”

Worrall the one that got away?

West Ham desperately needed to sign a centre-back in the last transfer window, and they were linked with lots of players.

However, in the end, they settled on Kurt Zouma, and you would have to say that on paper, he looks to be a better signing than Worrall would have been for the Hammers.

The Frenchman has vast Premier League and international experience, while the Forest centre-back has none of that.

However, he has been described as “superb” by Garry Birtles in the past and has made a good impression at the City Ground in his time there [Nottingham Post].

Maybe, the Irons could return in a couple of years when they need to replace Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson, but for now, we feel as if the Hammers did the right thing signing Zouma instead of Worrall.

In other West Ham news, Moyes is set to hand one Irons outcast the chance to shine on Thursday.

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