Nottingham Forest in pole position to sign €20m-rated Liverpool defender

Liverpool are asking for £20m from Nottingham Forest in order to sell right-back Neco Williams. The two teams have been discussing a transfer for Wales international, who spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign helping Fulham to secure promotion to the PL by winning the Championship.

Williams, part of the team which has qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, could replace Djed Spence in the Forest team for their first season in the PL since they were relegated before the turn of the millenium.

Neco scored two goals in 14 games for the Cottagers in an impressive spell at Craven Cottage but is unlikely to remain at Liverpool despite demonstrating his progress, with teenage Scottish defender Calvin Ramsay already signed by the German manager this summer.

The former Aberdeen footballer is ready to serve as understudy to Alexander-Arnold, which was the squad role the 21-year-old defender’s previously occupied before his temporary switch to Marco Silva’s side. Now, Forest could gazump Fulham and make the Welsh right-back their own.

Previous reports had indicated that the Reds were looking for £15m in order to part with the Welshman, but Jones explained that the total financial package Liverpool are asking for from Forest would value him at £20m.

Neco has played 33 first-team games for the Reds since making his debut in a penalty shootout win over Arsenal in 2019, but only eight came in the first portion of last campaign before his loan spell.