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Southampton ‘make serious inquiry into Liverpool full-back Neco Williams’

Southampton are looking into signing Neco Williams, the Liverpool fullback, amid interest from Fulham, Nottingham Forest and PSV, while the Reds are ready to let the defender leave, looking for minutes before the World Cup campaign from Wales

  • Southampton has made an approach for Liverpool defender Neco Williams
  • The fullback made just one top-level appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side
  • But the Welshman impressed on a rental basis at Fulham in the second half of the season
  • Williams would like to get minutes under his belt before the World Cup
  • Click here for all the latest 2022 World Cup news and updates

Southampton have taken a ‘serious’ approach to Liverpool defender Neco Williams, according to reports.

The 21-year-old could leave Anfield this summer in search of regular time amid interest from Fulham, Nottingham Forest, PSV Eindhoven and newcomers to the race Southampton.

Williams made just one Premier League appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season and Liverpool are believed to be willing to let him leave for a £20million package. air sports

Southampton have taken 'serious' approach to Liverpool defender Neco Williams

Southampton have taken ‘serious’ approach to Liverpool defender Neco Williams

With the defender’s future at Anfield uncertain, reports add that Saints has launched an investigation into signing him.

The Dutch PSV wanted to sign him on a rental basis earlier and would also have made inquiries this summer, but the interest from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side is considered more serious.

However, both sides will face competition from new Premier League boys Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

The Welshman impressed on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season

The Welshman impressed on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season

Williams spent the second half of last season at Fulham and put in some impressive performances to help the Cottagers progress to the Premier League.

Williams has since returned to Anfield, but his chances of getting more playing time have been tarnished by the Reds’ signing of Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen.

The Scottish teenager now appears to be a backup to Trent Alexander-Arnold moving forward, which could open the door for Williams to leave permanently.

Williams' chances of more playing time dented by the arrival of Calvin Ramsay

Williams’ chances of more playing time dented by the arrival of Calvin Ramsay

A return to Fulham could be in the offing, with Forest eager to lure him to the City Ground, possibly replacing Djed Spence, who flourished on loan from Middlesbrough last season.

Williams is also said to have a long-term relationship and admiration for Forest boss Steve Cooper.

All interested parties have been given a boost after reports that Liverpool have told the Wales international he could leave the club on a temporary basis this summer.

The fullback will try to increase his pitching time ahead of Wales' World Cup campaign

The fullback will try to increase his pitching time ahead of Wales’ World Cup campaign

Williams will be looking for regular minutes ahead of the World Cup next season and the Reds would be willing to loan him out to increase his pitch time, rather than continue playing second fiddle. Alexander-Arnold.

Williams helped Wales qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 64 years by beating Ukraine in the play-offs earlier this month.

He is a crucial part of Robert Page’s squad and is expected to start in every Wales group game against England, Iran and the US.

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