According to 90min, Nottingham Forest have named Liverpool right-back Williams as a priority target this summer.
As per the report, Fulham, Brentford and Crystal Palace are also interested in securing the signature of the young player, but sources have claimed that Forest are now confident of completing a deal.
Liverpool are reportedly willing to let Williams go if their asking price of £15m is met, and the newly-promoted side are eager to replace Djed Spence with the player ahead of their return to Premier League football next month.
Nottingham Forest have already been busy building their squad to compete in the top-flight in the upcoming season, with three new arrivals already secured, so Steve Cooper will be buzzing if he can also secure a deal for Williams this summer too.
The need for the Wales international has intensified due to Spence’s likely move to Tottenham Hotspur, despite Forest being interested in making the Middlesbrough star’s loan spell a permanent move following their promotion victory.
Williams has struggled to earn game-time during his time at Anfield due to competing with Trent Alexander-Arnold in his position, but was given the golden opportunity to show his potential and strengths whilst on a six-month loan with Fulham in the second half of last term.
During his 14 appearances in Marco Silva’s side, the 21-year-old scored two goals, delivered two assists and created two big chances, making one key pass, 2.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.6 clearances on average per game, as well as winning the majority of his duels combined (53%).
Williams is also a regular starter in the Wales team too with 21 caps, two goals and two assists so far, playing a vital role in his national team’s World Cup qualification after beating Ukraine 1-0, ending their 64-year drought in qualifying for the prestigious international competition.
The Liverpool youngster has been the recipient of high praise for his contributions to Wales, with Henry Winter hailing Williams “fearless” and a “real prospect” on Twitter:
“Right or left, full-back, wing-back or winger, Neco Williams looks a real prospect. Fearless, great energy, driving runs, scoring too. Outstanding for Wales against Belarus, then Belgium.”
With all considered, the signing of Williams would be a major coup for Cooper and Nottingham Forest as they set out to retain their top-flight status and compete in the Premier League for the first time in 23 years.