Southampton are still looking to bring in defensive reinforcements before the transfer window shuts and look to have suffered another setback, as their loan bid for Liverpool’s Neco Williams was reportedly rejected.
According to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (9:59pm), Southampton’s bid for the 19-year-old right-back was rejected, as Liverpool see him as an important back-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have already failed in their attempts to sign Brandon Williams, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Japhet Tanganga on loan from Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs respectively, and are now rapidly running out of time to bring in defensive reinforcements.
Williams could’ve been a solid addition to Hasenhuttl’s squad, as he has experience playing in both the Premier League and Champions League with the Merseyside club.
In total, the Welsh international has made 22 appearances for the senior side at Liverpool, in which he has contributed no goals and three assists.
The teenage defender is unlikely to be a regular in this Liverpool side anytime soon, as he has the world-class Alexander-Arnold playing ahead of him, but after he became first-choice for a short period in the English international’s absence due to injury earlier in the season, it seems clear that Klopp wants to keep him around as cover.
Although he doesn’t have a huge amount of experience in the top-flight, compared to the likes of Maitland-Niles for example, he is a regular for his country despite being 19, so clearly has a lot of potential, and could’ve been a strong back-up to Kyle Walker-Peters in this Southampton side.
In his three Champions League appearances this season, he averaged a solid 6.80 rating, whilst also providing an assist.
His performances with Wales in the UEFA Nations League this season have also been impressive, as he has contributed one goal and one assist in five appearances for Ryan Giggs’ side, earning a strong 6.98 rating, which emphasises that he is a full-back who likes to get forward.
It is a shame therefore that Hasenhuttl’s side have suffered their third deadline day blow with Williams, after the failed signings of Maitland-Niles and Tanganga, as he could’ve been a very useful player to have in this Southampton squad.
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