Besiktas Keen on Permanent Deal for Nottingham Forest Defender

Besiktas' fans celebrate their 2016-2017 Turkish league champion title after the Turkish Spor Toto Super league football match between Besiktas and Osmanlispor near the Vodafone Park stadium on June 3, 2017 in Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish club Besiktas have reportedly set their sights on signing Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall on a permanent basis after his successful loan spell according to A Spor.

Worrall joined Besiktas on loan in January with an option to buy after falling out of favor at Forest under both managers Steve Cooper and Nuno Espirito Santo. He quickly made his mark, securing a clean sheet in his first start and impressing in subsequent appearances.

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According to Turkish outlet A Spor, Besiktas are already eager to exercise the purchase option and secure Worrall on a permanent deal in the summer. They are expected to approach Forest at the end of the season to discuss the transfer.

At Forest, Worrall faces stiff competition from players like Moussa Niakhate, Andrew Omobamidele, Willy Boly, and Felipe for a starting spot. His departure could free up funds for Forest to strengthen other areas of the squad.

With Besiktas currently chasing European qualification in the Turkish Super Lig, they see Worrall as a valuable asset in their defensive line. They are targeting a minor European spot alongside giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce who occupy the top two positions.

The Black Eagles are currently 4th in the Super Lig on 41 points, two points behind third placed Trabzonspor. The title race is out of contention as the leading pack Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are over 26 points ahead.