By Danny Wright
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has said that he has no intention of signing Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall in the summer.
The Mirror had reported that the Baggies were looking to sign the 20-year-old as a long-term replacement for veteran centre-back Gareth McAuley.
It was claimed that West Brom had sent their scouts to keep an eye on the City Ground’s emerging talent.
However Pulis, 59, has since revealed that he hasn’t got any idea were the speculation has come from.
When asked if he was interested in the Forest defender, the Premier League club’s manager was quoted by the Nottingham Post as saying: “No, I haven’t seen Worrall play so where that’s come from I don’t know.”
The Mirror’s report also said that Worrall is being watched by the FA ahead of a potential call-up to the England Under-21 team.
Worrall was rewarded for his fine form this season by signing a new three-year deal with Forest in March.
Worrall has made 19 appearances for Forest this season, but could be part of a team that is relegated to League One after a recent 2-0 loss to QPR.
Mark Warburton’s side go into their final game of the campaign knowing that a win might not be enough to ensure survival as they are level on points with Blackburn.
Football Insider Verdict
Worrall is one of the hottest properties at the City Ground and whether or not he stays there in the summer is likely to depend on what league Forest play in next season. Relegation to League One is a big possibility now, and Worrall is a player that could easily become a good Premier League defender in the future. Although, Pulis has ruled out any interest, we see this approach time and time again by managers who refuse to admit they are after a certain player. The 20-year-old would make a good signing for the Baggies because he’d be working under a great defensive coach.
In other Nottingham Forest news, this defender has agreed terms with the East Midlands outfit.