Noel Whelan insists it is “horrible” that West Ham might be able to sign Nottingham Forest duo Matty Cash and Joe Worrall for knockdown fees this summer.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits that clubs could look to take advantage of the financial uncertainty at sides like Forest during the transfer window.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the door has opened for West Ham to sign Cash, 22, and Worrall, 23, for £25million if Forest are not promoted to the Premier League.

It is understood that the financial uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic could force Forest to sell their star assets for a cut-price in the summer.

West Ham failed with a £12million bid for Cash in the summer with Forest sticking to their £18million valuation of the right-back.

Whelan believes rivals sides will be circling for bargains in the summer and that Cash and Worrall may be in a number of clubs’ sights.

Asked if he thought West Ham would return for Cash in the summer, Whelan told Football Insider: “I expect people to be taking notice, absolutely. With what’s going on there’s going to be cut prices, clubs struggling to keep better players.

“Financially they’re going to want to make sure that they’re secure and to do that, at the minute, is to capitalise on some of your bigger assets at the club. That includes some of their star players.

“They need clubs to buy them, that is paramount. It’s horrible it’s come to this because I think because I think Matty Cash has had a great season and would want to finish his career at Nottingham Forest in a better way.

“He’ll take great credit if he does leave in that he’s helping keep the club alive.”

Cash has been a mainstay for Forest at right-back this season, playing 36 times in the Championship so far.

Worrall has also been a regular after returning from a loan spell at Rangers last summer, with 37 league games under his belt.

In other West Ham news, it can be revealed that David Sullivan has mooted selling three first-team stars.