Southampton have made an approach to Liverpool to sign Nottingham Forest linked star, Neco Williams, according to Sky Sports News.
The Reds are keen to bolster their wing-back options this summer. Djed Spence looks set to reject Forest’s advances and sign for Tottenham before the season starts.
That leaves Forest scouring the market for an alternative and Williams is on their radar. Newly promoted outfit Fulham are also keen to re-sign the man they had on loan last season.
The Saints are in need of another right-back. They used Kyle Walker-Peters at left-back on 19 occasions last season to accommodate Tino Livramento.
He’s now injured, however, and will be out of action long-term, leaving Ralph Hasenhuttl with a conundrum to crack in his defence.
Williams played 15 games for Fulham during the second half of the 2021/22 campaign. He helped them claim the league title and his form has attracted other parties.
At 21-years-old he does have quite a bit of experience. He’s made 32 appearances for Liverpool but he will be allowed to leave by Jurgen Klopp this summer.
Calvin Ramsey has checked in from Aberdeen and that will shunt Williams even further down the pecking order.
With Wales set for the World Cup in November, the youngster will want to ensure that he’s bang in form by playing lots of games.
Southampton approach Liverpool for Williams and Forest must act
Forest need to get their right wing-back predicament sorted. They can’t wait forever for Spence and their hopes of seeing him back on Trentside are dwindling.
Williams would be a perfect player for Forest. He ticks a lot of boxes and he’d surely welcome the chance to play Premier League football on a regular basis.
Furthermore, he’s young and Forest would get themselves a player ahead of his best years for just £15 million.
It seems certain that there will be other irons in the fire for Forest. Williams would be useful though and surely Steve Cooper would welcome the chance to sign his compatriot.