Liverpool have turned down a bid from Nottingham Forest for their promising defender Neco Williams, with the Reds holding out for £15m for the defender amid significant interest in his services.

Newly-promoted Forest are not the only team keen on the Welshman, with Fulham, where he spent the second half of last campaign, Southampton and PSV Eindhoven also credited with an interest.

The size of the offer from Forest is not clear, however, it is less than the £15m that the Merseyside Reds expect to get for the defender and they are not willing to budge on their valuation.

Williams has played 33 first team games for the Merseyside Reds, turned out for Fulham 15 times as they were promoted from the Championship, and has already picked up 21 caps for Wales.

Whether Forest will come back with an improved bid is yet to be seen, while it has been made clear to his other suitors that £15m is the offer they must make to get hold of the Welshman.

Steve Cooper has already made one substantial addition to his Forest side, bringing in forward Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin for a team record fee of £18.45m.


The Nigeria international spent six years as a Liverpool player from 2015-21 before making a move for Berlin on a permanent transfer where he shone last campaign, founding back of the net 15 Bundesliga times.

Cooper said: ‘There’s been a lot of interest in Taiwo from other Premier League clubs, and other clubs across Europe, so we’re delighted that he’s chosen Nottingham Forest.

‘Our recruitment and coaching teams have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months. He’s a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker with Nottingham Forest.’