Sheffield United were linked with a move for Nottingham Forest defender, Joe Worrall, during the January transfer window.

The Reds star has been in fine form for the City Ground outfit this term. Having returned from Rangers, he’s grown into one of the key members of Sabri Lamouchi’s squad with a number of inspired displays this term.

Joe Worrall

Joe Worrall was linked with a move to Sheffield United in the summer. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

Obviously, a move for Worrall never materialised for the Blades. Instead, the opted to bring in fellow Forest defender, Jack Robinson, while they also moved for Greek international star, Panos Retsos.

However, any interest the Blades did have in Worrall will now need to be put to bed. Forest confirmed yesterday that their defender has indeed signed a new deal with the club.

In this day and age, contracts can often mean little. But on this occasion, and with Forest doing so well in the Championship, it appears this is a statement from Worrall that he is more than happy to stay put in Nottingham.

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While Joe Worrall is a fine young defender in his own right, the January window success for the Blades means they needn’t worry.

Worrall would have been a good addition of course. His age, talent, and ability make the ideal sort of signing for Chris Wilder. However, he’d have struggled to move John Egan from the centre of defence and would, ultimately, have sat on the bench.

Joe Worrall

Joe Worrall has been excellent for Nottingham Forest this season. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Obviously, if United were to lose Egan in the summer – Everton are admirers – then the question around someone like Worrall would come up again. However, this new deal seems to protect Forest from losing one of their better players.

Chris Wilder will have other targets, too. He never puts all his eggs in one basket and come the summer, there’ll be a whole host of new names being linked with the club.

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