Everton boss

Alex Bruce admits he is uncertain whether Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is of the quality needed at Everton this summer.

The former Kilmarnock defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 23-year-old’s stints at Rangers and Forest have been nothing spectacular.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the door has opened for Everton to sign the centre-back this summer if Forest fail to seal promotion from the Championship this season.

It is understood the club may have to sell some of their top assets as a result of the financial chaos caused by the Coronavirus pandemic if they are not successful with their promotion bid.

Football Insider have previously revealed that Everton director of football Marcel Brands was keen on signing Worrall during the winter window but he remained at the City Ground, penning a new four-year deal in February.

However, Bruce thinks Carlo Ancelotti will have to seriously question if the Forest man is an improvement on those already at Goodison Park.

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Bruce told Football Insider: “He did alright at Rangers, he went back to Nottingham Forest and has done okay.

“It’s a big jump though, to go from Nottingham Forest to Everton so we’ll have to watch this space with that one.

“He’s got decent attributes, he’s a big lad and he’s a good age so yeah, watch this space. Is he any better than what they’ve got? That’s what Ancelotti will have to ask himself.” 

Worrall has played 39 times for Forest this season, the club sitting fifth in the table prior to the suspension of the Championship.

He spent last season at Rangers on loan, making 32 appearances for the Glasgow giants.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that Philippe Coutinho has been offered to the club for half price in incredible deal.