Nottingham Forest have opened talks with Liverpool over defender Neco Williams, according to The Telegraph.
There is now a growing sense from Steve Cooper that the Reds can land the Wales international.
It is thought that Liverpool want £15 million for the youngster, with further discussions to take place.
Forest will face competition for Williams, with Fulham and Southampton credited with an interest in recent days.
Liverpool are keen to sell their academy graduate this summer and aren’t interested in sanctioning another loan.
Williams spent the second half of last season at Fulham and helped Marco Silva’s men lift the league title.
They, like Forest, now have the challenge of building a squad capable of doing well in the Championship.
The 21-year-old has quite a bit of experience despite his tender years.
He’s made 32 appearances for Liverpool and claimed a Premier League winners medal during 2018/19.
Furthermore, he’s now replaced former Forest star Chris Gunter as the first choice right-back for Wales.
Williams has made 21 appearances for his country and will head to the World Cup in Qatar looking to add to that tally.
Cooper is now hopeful that he can lure Williams to the City Ground and talks will continue.
Former Wales boss Ryan Giggs is a big fan of Williams. He previously called him ‘outstanding’ following a Wales international clash With Bulgaria in 2020.
Talks opened with Liverpool and Williams could star at Forest
Steve Cooper could re-sign Djamal Abdoun and fans would be convinced that he’d get a tune out of him!
Some fans are sceptical over the signing of Williams; given that he’s essentially a completely different sort of wing-back to Djed Spence.
Forest fans have to trust the process. If that means Cooper wants to land Williams then so be it.
The Welshman is a meticulous coach and you can bet that he’ll have his team well-drilled and ready for the big kick-off.
Williams is a sound footballer and he has the potential to really kick on in the next couple of seasons.
Rumour rating: 8/10 – this would be a very useful addition indeed.
Not only is Williams a capable player but at £15 million, the Reds would retain a serious amount of sell-on value on the player.
The Telegraph’s John Percy is usual on the button so it’s fair to say the report is accurate.
Signing Williams at the touted price could make for a very useful addition indeed.