Liverpool have agreed to sell Neco Williams to Nottingham Forest for a fee close to £17 million.
Forest head coach Steve Cooper had identified the wide defensive positions as key areas to strengthen ahead of Forest's return to the Premier League. He is now set to bring in Williams to play on the right and is aiming to sign Omar Richards from Bayern Munich to play on the left.
Williams, 21, would feature at wing-back on the right of a three-man defence, which is Cooper's preferred system at Forest.
Liverpool were happy to sell Williams after bringing in Calvin Ramsay as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deputy in a £6.5 million deal they struck with Aberdeen.
Williams has been with Liverpool since under-9s level and accepted he needed to move on this summer to secure regular game time ahead of November’s World Cup in Qatar.
The Wales international has made 13 senior appearances for Liverpool but spent the second half of last season on loan with Fulham. He played 14 times, scoring twice. Williams also won promotion to the Premier League while at Craven Cottage.
On the left side, Forest are also keen to recruit Harry Toffolo of Huddersfield Town, who has only a year left on his contract and is likely to cost in the region of £2.5 million.
Cooper has already added striker Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin, defenders Guilian Biancone and Moussa Niakhate from Troyes and Mainz respectively and Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson — on a season-long loan — to his ranks.
Wolves attacking midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is also a target.