By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

7th Jul, 2022 | 2:57pm

Nottingham Forest in advanced talks to sign Liverpool defender Neco Williams - Sky Sports

Nottingham Forest are reportedly closing in on a permanent deal for Liverpool defender Neco Williams, according to Sky Sports.

The Welsh international has been linked to the newly-promoted club for weeks, but now the two clubs are now close to an agreement for a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old defender will be seeking more game time with his pathway to the first team looking extremely difficult with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s dominance and Joe Gomez covering for him.

The report said: “Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks with Liverpool over the signing of right-back Neco Williams.

“The fee under discussion for the 21-year-old is thought to be worth £16m.

“Forest are hopeful of completing the signing for the Wales international in the coming days.”

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Good move for both parties?

This is a seemingly good move for both parties with Nottingham Forest in need of a first-team right-back to replace Djed Spence and Williams looking for consistent game time.

The Liverpool youth product made 13 Premier League appearances for the club before joining Fulham on loan in January, and helped the Cottagers achieve automatic promotion last season.

He also helped his national team end a 64-year wait as Wales qualified for the World Cup with Williams playing a starring role in their victory against Ukraine that confirmed qualification.

If completed, Williams would become Forest manager Steve Cooper’s fifth signing of the summer after completing deals for Taiwo Awoniyi, Moussa Niakhate, Giulian Biancone, and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.

Steve Cooper and the Nottingham Forest board will continue to do all they can to bolster their squad and increase their survival hopes.

In other news, Welsh international Brennan Johnson recently signed a new deal.