Nottingham Forest may be forced to sell West Ham linked Matty Cash and his defensive sidekick Joe Worrall if they don’t get promoted, Football Insider can reveal.
The Championship big hitters facing having to cash in on the star duo this summer to raise revenues slashed by the coronavirus pandemic.
A Forest source has told Football Insider that right-back Cash, 22, and centre-back Worrall, 23, are regarded as two prize assets able to each secure eight-figure fees.
As revealed by Football Insider, West Ham had a £12m offer for Cash rejected by Forest in January.
The east Midlands outfit had placed an £18m valuation on the young defender but that proved too much for the Premier League big guns.
Worrall is also a player rated highly by Forest after a campaign in which, like Cash, he has played the best football of his career.
Both are products of the Championship club’s academy and have signed new long-term contracts this season.
Cash, who has started 34 of Forest’s 37 league matches in this campaign, has a deal that runs until the summer of 2023.
Worrall, who has been an ever-present for Lamouchi’s side in 2019-20, signed a two-year extension in February that ties him to the City Ground until 2024.
Like most leading clubs in the major leagues, Forest are facing a huge deficit in income.
They have seen their revenues plummet as a result of no home matches and the likelihood that the season will now be completed behind closed doors.
In other West Ham news, it can be revealed that David Sullivan has mooted selling three first-team stars.