Nottingham Forest leading race for £25,000-a-week Liverpool defender

Nottingham Forest are on the verge of sealing the deal to add Neco Williams, who is favouring a move to City Ground instead of a comeback to Fulham. A native of Wrexham, Wales international joined the Cottagers in winter on a short-term loan deal.

Williams joined Fulham in search of a breakthrough in professional football. Neco did not disappoint either, becoming an ever-present figure in the Cottagers defence, racking up 14 league games. The 21-year-old defender’s displays in the Championship were critical in helping the Cottagers secure promotion to the PL.

Fulham have also expressed the desire to add the Welsh defender on a permanent deal this summer. But it appears the Welshman himself is favouring a move to Nottingham Forest. It has essentially paved the way for Liverpool to sneak into the pursuit and secure a move for Neco.

The report suggests the PL new boys are set to fork out a fee of nearly £15m. Williams is likely to slot in as a direct replacement for Djed Spence, who could be set for a move to a bigger team this summer. Nottingham Forest believe Williams has what it takes to become an ideal replacement for Spence.

Neco is ready to become their second signing of the new campaign after the newly-promoted PL club brought in Taiwo Awoniyi in a big-money move from Union Berlin.