According to reports, Nottingham Forest have agreed a fee with Liverpool for Neco Williams. The player will have a medical today.
This comes from Goal. They claim that Neco Williams will have his medical with Nottingham Forest later today after they agreed a fee with Liverpool.
That fee totals £17m but includes £5m of ‘performance-related add-ons’. This is a £12m sale, in other words, that could reach £17m. Liverpool clearly believe Williams will trigger those bonuses.
We gather that because the Welshman’s asking price has long been reported as £15m. That’s the line from the Telegraph and we imagine Liverpool settled for less upfront as they feel the add-ons are attainable.
Now Williams will have his medical with Forest before joining the newly-promoted side.
Neco Williams fee agreed
No shock here, really. We all assumed Williams would depart this summer, especially with strong rumours that Liverpool wanted Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen. Now the Scot is here, there’s little room for the Reds’ academy product.
And a potential £17m is a fantastic fee, in truth. Williams only has six months of regular first-team football under his belt, after all, having earned it with Fulham this year. Our only ‘problem’ with this is the lack of any sell-on fee. We can only hope that hasn’t been reported yet.
Because Williams could well shoot up in price. We think he’s an incredibly talented young player – just one who hasn’t had too many opportunities at the top level. He certainly hasn’t had enough time to generate any momentum or rhythm as a regular starter.
He’s someone who Jurgen Klopp once labelled ‘a machine’ for his efforts in training. That kind of attitude should mean he thrives once a team truly takes a chance on him.
Even just one year of regular Premier League football could be the making of Williams. His efforts for Wales suggest so – just what would he be worth after a good World Cup?
The reality is that Trent Alexander-Arnold made it impossible for Williams to play regularly for Liverpool. A transfer was always on the cards but, hopefully, the Reds find a way to profit further on the youngster’s ability. Now should be his time to shine.