Nottingham Forest have today completed the much coveted signing of Neco Williams after the youngster agreed a move from Liverpool having the two clubs agreed a fee worth in the region of £17.5m plus add ons.
The Welsh International can play right or left wing back and at 21-years-old is a product of the Liverpool Academy with 33 games for the Champions League finalists and Premier League runners-up, but last season Williams, who’s world cup bound with Wales in November, played most of the campaign at Championship winners Fulham with 14 games in their promotion winning run.
Joining Williams over the weekend gone is left-wing-back Omar Richards who makes a €10m plus switch from Bayern Munich.
24-year-old Richards actually started out his career at Reading, netting his first senior goal against Forest, he played over 100 games for the Royals where he shone with his speed and trickery before a shock move to Munich last summer and after 12 games (and a Bundesliga title) for the Bavarians, he joins Steve Cooper’s ambitious Reds for a first-ever crack at the Premier League.
Richards & Williams join a number of high profile summer signings at the City Ground as the club build a squad hopefully strong enough to stay in English football’s top division next season. Last week Moussa Niakhate joined from Mainz 05 where he played 128 Bundesliga games, the former French under-21 centre back had been one of the most consistent defenders in German football and joins Taiwo Awoniyi who top scored for Union Berlin last season.
With Giuliane Biancone and Dean Henderson also adding quality to the Reds roster, the club are hoping to do their last bits of shopping before the season start, with rumours of Brazilian international Gustavo Scarpa, to join in January, Forest are also linked with Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo whilst James Garner could still be on the radar should he fail to impress Erik ten Haag at Manchester United during pre-season.
*Main image @NFFC Neco Williams moves from Liverpool to Nottingham Forest.