Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks with Liverpool over the signing of right-back Neco Williams.
The fee under discussion for the 21-year-old is estimated at £16million.
Forest are hoping to finalize the signing for the Wales international in the coming days.
Williams spent the second half of last season on loan at championship winners Fulham, where he made 14 league appearances, scoring twice and providing two assists for the west London side.
The full-back has spent his entire Anfield career deputizing for the club’s first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meaning he’s been limited to just 33 games in all competitions since his debut in October 2019.
However, Williams is expected to start at right-back for Wales at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
Meanwhile, Forest is also in talks with Bayern Munich about signing the left-back Omar Richards.
The right time for Williams to leave Liverpool
Analysis by Sky Sports’ Richard Morgan:
After Nottingham Forest landed a deal for Neco Williams, the youngster’s time at Liverpool seems to have come to an end after more than a decade at the club.
The right-back joined the Reds academy aged just six, but despite making his debut against Arsenal in the League Cup in October 2019, he has only made 33 appearances in total since then, his path to the first-team having been blocked by the significant number of The English National player Trent Alexander Arnold.
Despite Liverpool receiving a Premier League winner’s medal in 2019-20, Liverpool’s decision to sign Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay this summer may have finally convinced the player to end his stint at Merseyside.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old is also a key tooth in Rob Page’s Wales team and will no doubt have playing time in mind ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar when making his decision to leave Anfield.
And with Williams thriving on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season, scoring twice and setting up two goals for Marco Silvas Championship winners, it could prove a smart deal for the newly promoted Premier League club.
Nottingham Forest Schedule: Forest return with trip to Newcastle
Nottingham Forest’s first game in the Premier League will be a trip to Newcastle on August 6 as the Reds begin their first top season since 1998/98.
Steve Cooper’s side won promotion to the English top flight after beating Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final at the end of May, ending a nearly quarter-century wait for Premier League football.
Forest’s first top-flight home game sees David Moyes’ West Ham at the City Ground over the weekend of August 13.
Forest then faces difficult next games as he travels to Everton, hosts Tottenham and then joins champions Manchester City before the end of August.
Forest’s East Midlands rivalry with Leicester City resumes at the King Power Stadium on October 1, with the second leg at the City Ground on January 14. Boxing Day’s game takes the club to Old Trafford for a trip to Manchester United.
The Reds end their season with a trip to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after leaving for Chelsea and hosting Arsenal in the previous weeks.
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