Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth has confirmed on the Transfer Talk podcast that Nottingham Forest are looking at both Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White.
It is just over one month since Forest ended their 23-year exile from the Premier League with a Championship play-off final triumph at Wembley but so far this summer has been a mixed bag for Steve Cooper’s side.
Their success was heavily influenced by the players they had on loan at the club last season like Keinan Davis, Max Lowe and James Garner with clarity surrounding their futures unclear.
Meanwhile, Philip Zinckernagel who spent last season at the City Ground looks set for a move to Forest’s sister club Olympiacos and the most high-profile loanee Djed Spence is on Tottenham’s radar.
However, Sheth has now confirmed that following the record arrival of Taiwo Awoniyi for £17.5m last week the newly-promoted side are working on further deals and have their eye on a pair of young talents seemingly outcasted by their current employers.
Will Forest survive next season?
(45:30)”Yeah Nottingham Forest, very ambitious, they want to sign both.
“Forest have identified Liverpool’s Neco Williams, he impressed on loan at Fulham last season.
“Meanwhile, Gibbs-White is back at Wolves after spending last season at Sheffield United.
“He’s already played under Steve Cooper when he was on loan at Swansea City.”
TIF Thoughts on Forest…
Do you expect Spence to sign for Forest?
Club owner Evangelos Marinakis vowed to give Cooper the “ammunition” he needed to survive in the top flight and you would feel they will need a few more faces through the door, with this pair a fantastic start.
After 26 appearances in Wolves’ first season back in the top-flight in 2018/19, the England U21 international Gibbs-White has featured just 20 times since in the league but journalist Josh Holland has tipped him for a starting role at Molineux this season with Ruben Neves’ future in doubt.
Express and Star Wolves correspondent Liam Keen feels Fosun will command at least a £15m fee in the case of a transfer while Liverpool are also thought to be holding out for the same figure for their Welsh full-back Williams who joined Fulham on loan in January.
Calvin Ramsay’s recent arrival at Anfield should make negotiations smoother and the 21-year-old would be an alternative for Spence.