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Nottingham Forest closing in on £16m Liverpool man

Nottingham Forest are closing in on their fifth deal of the summer, ahead of an agreement with Liverpool over Welsh defender Neco Williams.

The newly-promoted Premier League side have already added plenty of talent to their squad this summer, with Taiyo Awoniyi, Guilian Biancone and Moussa Niakhate having arrived on permanent deals, while Dean Henderson has also made the move to the midlands on a loan basis.

Now, they are set to add Liverpool man Williams to their ranks ahead of the new season, as they look to survive their first season in the top flight since the turn of the millennium.

As per The Telegraph, 'Williams is understood to be relishing the prospect of joining Forest and working under Cooper, with the transfer now in the final stages of negotiations.'

While Fulham were also keen on signing the player, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage, on a permanent basis, 'Forest are moving ruthlessly to conclude a deal' and 'personal terms are not expected to be an issue'.

A Djed Spence replacement

Williams will arrive at the City Ground as a direct replacement for Tottenham-bound Djed Spence, who was on loan with Steve Cooper's side last season, helping them achieve promotion in the process.

While Forest explored keeping him beyond the summer, ultimately the interest of a side playing in the Champions League next season was too much to turn down for the Middlesbrough defender, forcing Forest to turn their attentions to Williams instead.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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