Nottingham Forest take summer spending towards £60m with Neco Williams and Omar Richards deals

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Nottingham Forest take summer spending over £60m mark with Neco Williams and Omar Richards deals - PA
Nottingham Forest take summer spending over £60m mark with Neco Williams and Omar Richards deals - PA

Nottingham Forest are taking their summer spending towards the £60 million mark with the signings of Neco Williams and Omar Richards.

Williams, the Wales international, is poised to join from Liverpool in a total deal worth £17 million while Richards will complete an £8.5 million move from Bayern Munich.

The deals will take the number of summer signings to six since Forest's return to the Premier League.

It is understood Southampton made a late bid on Wednesday night to sign Williams on an initial loan deal, but the 21-year-old is keen to work under Forest head coach Steve Cooper.

Williams will also play alongside Wales team-mate Brennan Johnson, who signed a new four-year contract last week.

Fulham were also in the chase to sign the right-back, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage, but Forest have moved ruthlessly to conclude a deal. Personal terms are not expected to be an issue.

The deal for Williams will be regarded as a huge statement by Forest, with the defender already capped 21 times by the Wales national team. He is set to play at this year's World Cup after Wales qualified for the first time since 1958.

Cooper has already smashed the club's transfer record with the signing of Taiwo Awoniyi for £17.5m, with Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson and Giulian Biancone also joining the East Midlands club.

Evangelos Marinakis, the club's owner, pledged to supply Cooper with significant funds this summer and is expected to break the £100m barrier before the transfer window closes.

Cooper is still targeting Wolves attacker Morgan Gibbs-White while Burnley goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also poised to sign in the next few days.

Though Forest have been offered a number of players since promotion, Cooper is determined to retain the dressing room spirit and is doing extensive background checks on the character and temperament of potential new recruits.

Forest kick off their Premier League season away at Newcastle on August 6.

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