Nottingham Forest have now made four signings in the summer transfer window in a bid to bolster their squad ahead of their return to the Premier League and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source on two more potential signings.
According to Midlands reporter for The Daily Telegraph John Percy, Nottingham Forest have deals agreed for Neco Williams and Omar Richards.
“NFFC set to sign Neco Williams and Omar Richards, with both deals now agreed. Williams fee nearer to £17m in total and his signing from #LFCis regarded as a huge statement by Forest. Richards will join from Bayern for around €10m.
“Excellent business so far from Forest, with the summer spending around the £60m mark – with more to come. Statement of intent from owner Evangelos Marinakis, with @mil7iadis also playing a major role.”
Nottingham Forest supporters will be buzzing that the club is getting plenty of players in to bolster their team ahead of their long-awaited return to the top flight to give them the best chance of competing next season.
Williams is a great young prospect that has proven Premier League experience playing at Liverpool, but has also shown he is more than capable of providing high-quality performances at both club and international level.
The 21-year-old right-back was able to shine when given the golden opportunity to play first-team football starting regularly in the Championship, opportunities he wasn’t often fortunate enough to gain regularly at Anfield.
Williams scored two goals and delivered two assists, while making one key pass. He also made 2.6 tackles and 1.3 interceptions on average per game, and won the majority of his duels (53%) and was successful in completing the majority of his dribble attempts too (51%) over 14 Championship appearances, proving that he is very effective on the right flank.
Richards will be joining the newly-promoted side to complete the wing-back partnership with Williams at Nottingham Forest next season and will be making his move from the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, with the hope that he can inject some of the winning mentality and experience he has earned in the German side over in the Midlands.
With that being said, it’s looking like Forest are building a team for the future with all of their new signings under the age of 26, putting Steve Cooper in a great position to retain their Premier League status for years to come.