Nottingham Forest could break their transfer record for the second time in quick succession after a report claimed a £35m double deal is ramping up.
Steve Cooper helped end Forest’s 23-year exodus from the Premier League last season. Forest secured promotion to the top flight via the play-offs and have wasted little time splashing the cash to ensure their stay isn’t a short one.
Indeed, Forest recently set their new transfer record when landing Union Berlin striker, Taiwo Awoniyi.
A loan deal for Dean Henderson is close to completion, and the Sun report their business is far from over.
A £35m double deal to sign Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White and Liverpool’s Neco Williams is reportedly on the agenda.
Reds right-back Williams, 21, spent the last half of the previous campaign on loan at Fulham. Liverpool earmarked him for sale this summer with £15m enough to seal a deal.
Fulham emerged as a frontrunner to bring the Welshman back on board following his impressive loan stint. But per the Sun, it is Forest who lead the way.
They claim Nottingham Forest are ‘closing in’ on the full-back and aiding their cause is the fact Williams would prefer to join them rather than return to Fulham.
Gibbs-White to follow?
His potential £15m arrival could quickly be followed by midfielder, Morgan Gibbs-White.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Sheffield United where he took giant strides forward.
The England Under-21 international bagged 11 goals and nine assists in 35 Championship appearances. That form and his clear potential for further improvement has resulted in a £20m price tag.
While the Sun’s reporting suggests a deal is far less advanced than for Williams, it’s claimed Wolves would reluctantly part ways if £20m were bid.
Gibbs-White will reportedly let Wolves know of his intentions over his future soon.
His current contract at Molineux has two years left to run. If he’s unwilling to pen fresh terms, a sale this summer would make sense while his value is at an all-time high.
Why are Liverpool selling Neco Williams?
Jurgen Klopp can call upon two high quality players for almost every position – except right-back.
On the rare occasions Trent Alexander-Arnold misses out, Klopp has to play either Joe Gomez or James Milner out of position to fill the void.
Kostas Tsimikas has proved why having adequate back-up for an established star like Andy Robertson is the smart play.
Neco Williams honest about his Liverpool future
Neco Williams says he has no idea where he will play next season as Liverpool position seems unlikely, maybe he returns to Fulham
However, for whatever reason, the Reds seemingly do not view Williams in the same light. The player himself may also feel the time is right to become a regular elsewhere and that cannot happen while Alexander-Arnold is at Anfield.
Regardless, £15m for a player who is on the periphery represents smart business anyway.