Jagielka's successor? Everton reportedy want Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall

Joe Worrall in action against Everton's Joel Robles

Everton and Stoke City are reportedly keen on Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall.

According to The Mirror, Everton are interested in signing Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall – but face competition from Premier League rivals Stoke City.

Worrall, 19, was born in Nottingham and joined Forest in 2011 at the age of 14, rejecting interest from local rivals Derby County and Leicester City for a move to the City Ground, as reported by the Hucknall Dispatch upon Worrall's deal with Forest.

Joe Worrall in action for Dagenham & RedbridgeJoe Worrall in action for Dagenham & Redbridge

The 6ft 3in centre back has been one of Forest's most promising young players in a very exciting crop for the club, which has also contained Jorge Grant, Ben Osborn, Matty Cash, Tyler Walker and now-RB Leipzig star Oliver Burke.

Burke's move to Germany in August disappointed Forest fans, and it seems that Worrall is also attracting interest – despite playing just four games for Philippe Montanier's side.

Joe Worrall in action against Everton's Joel RoblesJoe Worrall in action against Everton's Joel Robles

Worrall was brought in to aid Forest's struggling defence, and he's now started each of their last four games, playing his part in a defence that has conceded five goals in his four games; Forest had conceded 27 goals in 14 games before his inclusion.

Now, The Mirror report that Everton and Stoke City are both interested in signing former Dagenham and Redbridge loanee Worrall, with the teenage defender yet to sign a new contract with Forest.

Tottenham's Joshua Onomah and Forest's Joe Worrall in actionTottenham's Joshua Onomah and Nottingham Forest's Joe Worrall in action

Compared to former Forest youngster Michael Dawson, Worrall looks destined for a huge future, and that should appeal to Everton, who need to groom a young defender given that Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are 32 and 34 respectively, and with Jagielka particularly struggling, Ronald Koeman's men may choose to pursue his successor in Worrall.

After selling Burke – as well as fellow youth products Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles – in recent years, fans won't want to see Worrall leave the City Ground so early into his career, but Everton and Stoke could come calling in January if reports are to be believed.

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