July 24, 2022
Neco Williams: Nottingham Forest in talks over £16m deal for Liverpool right-back |  Transfer Center News

Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks with Liverpool over the signing of right-back Neco Williams.

The fee being discussed for the 21-year-old is believed to be worth £16m.

Forest hope to complete the signing of the Wales international in the coming days.

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Neco Williams spent the second half of last season on loan with Championship winners Fulham

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Neco Williams seals Fulham’s 5-1 victory over Swansea with a superb volley just outside the box.

Williams spent the second half of last season on loan with Championship winners Fulham, where he made 14 league appearances, scoring twice and assisting twice for the west London side.

The full-back has spent his entire career at Anfield replacing the club’s first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, meaning he has been limited to just 33 appearances in all competitions since his debut in October 2019 .

Williams, however, is set to start at right-back for Wales in this winter’s World Cup final in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Forest are also in talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of the left-back Omar Richards.

The right time for Williams to leave Liverpool

Sky Sports’ Richard Morgan analysis:

With Nottingham Forest agreeing a deal for Neco Williams, it looks like the youngster’s time at Liverpool is now over 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 made just 33 appearances in total since, his way to the first team being blocked by the important figure of England international Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Wales' Neco Williams in action during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.  Picture date: Saturday November 13, 2021.
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Williams is set to start at right-back for Wales in this winter’s World Cup final in Qatar

However, despite picking up a Premier League winners’ medal in 2019-20, Liverpool’s decision to sign Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay in the summer may have finally convinced the player to end his tenure. his stay in Merseyside.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old is also now a key cog in Rob Page’s Wales side and will no doubt have game time on his mind ahead of this winter’s World Cup final in Qatar. when he decides to leave Anfield.

And with Williams having thrived while on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season, scoring twice and assisting twice for Marco Silva’s Championship winners, it could prove to be smart business for the new promoted Premier League team.

Nottingham Forest schedule: Return from Forest with trip to Newcastle

Nottingham Forest schedule 2022/23

Nottingham Forest’s first Premier League game will be a trip to Newcastle on August 6, as the Reds begin their first top-flight season since the 1998-98 campaign.

Steve Cooper’s side were promoted to England’s top tier after winning the Championship play-off final against Huddersfield in late May, ending nearly a quarter century of waiting for Premier League football.

Forest’s first top-flight home game sees David Moyes’ West Ham arrive at the City Ground on the weekend of August 13.

Forest will then face a few tough games as they travel to Everton, host Tottenham and then travel to champions Manchester City before the end of August.

Forest’s East Midlands rivalry with Leicester City resumes on October 1 at the King Power Stadium, with the return leg at the City Ground on January 14. The club’s Boxing Day game will see them travel to Old Trafford for a trip to Manchester United.

The Reds will end their season with a trip to Crystal Palace from Selhurst Park, having gone to Chelsea and hosting Arsenal in previous weeks.

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