Nottingham Forest could price Burnley out of a deal for Joe Worrall while Middlesbrough’s George Friend could be on his way to the City Ground, according to reports.
After tossing away a play-off place in the final few minutes of a Championship campaign which looked likely to end in automatic promotion at one point, this could be a difficult summer for Forest.
The two-time European champions have already seen a £10 million bid arrive for Matty Cash.
Key midfielder Ben Watson and top-scorer Lewis Grabban have also been linked with the exit in recent weeks as the vultures begin to circle.
And Worrall’s departure would leave a massive hole at the heart of Sabri Lamouchi’s usually-watertight defence.
The 23-year-old man mountain was a player transformed last season, recovering from an indifferent loan spell at Rangers to produce the best performances of his entire career in Garibaldi red.
Understandably, Forest are determined to keep Worrall as they look to right the wrongs of 2019/20.
According to the Mirror (11 August, page 49) Burnley fear they will struggle to finance a deal with the Midland giants refusing to let their star centre-back leave on the cheap.
Nottingham Forest are eyeing reinforcements of their own, with The Mail claiming that free-agent George Friend is a target.
Birmingham City and Swansea are also eyeing up the 32-year-old, who has been offered a new contract at Middlesbrough.
Friend captained Boro last season and his leadership skills could prove invaluable at a Forest side who looked badly short of leaders during a series of disastrous results in the Championship run-in.