Neko 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 Neko Williams.

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

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

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

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Neko Williams sealed Fulham’s 5-1 win over Swansea with a stunning volley from the edge of the box.

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

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

However, Williams is expected to start at right-back for Wales at this winter’s World Cup finals in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Forest are also in talks with Bayern Munich to sign the left-back Omar Richards.

The right time for Williams to leave Liverpool

Analysis by Sky Sports’ Richard Morgan:

With Nottingham Forest closing in on a deal for Neko Williams, it looks like the Liverpool youngster’s time is up 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, has made just 33 appearances in total since then, with his path to the first team blocked by the sizeable figure of England international Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Wales' Neko Williams in action during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.  Date taken: Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Williams is set to start at right-back for Wales at this winter’s World Cup finals in Qatar

However, despite receiving a Premier League winner’s medal in 2019-20, Liverpool’s decision to sign Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsey this summer may have finally convinced the player to end his time on Merseyside.

The 21-year-old, meanwhile, is now a key cog in Rob Page’s Wales side and will no doubt have game time in mind ahead of the World Cup finals in Qatar this winter when deciding whether to leave Anfield.

And with Williams flourishing while on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season, scoring twice and assisting two goals for Marco Silva’s Championship winners, it could prove to be smart business from the newly promoted Premier League side.

Nottingham Forest programme: Forest return with trip to Newcastle

Nottingham Forest 2022/23

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

Steve Cooper’s side won promotion to England’s top flight after winning the Championship play-off final against Huddersfield at the end of May, ending almost a quarter of a century’s wait in Premier League football.

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

Forest then face a tough next few 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 will resume on October 1 at the King Power Stadium, with the second leg taking place at the City Ground on January 14. The club’s Boxing Day fixture sees them at Old Trafford away to Manchester United.

The Reds will finish their season away to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after visiting Chelsea and hosting Arsenal in the previous weeks.

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