Liverpool eyes exciting teenage defender with Neco Williams transfer talks planned

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Liverpool are watching Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay after an impressive season in the Scottish Premiership.

The 18-year-old, who made his senior debut this season, has featured 31 times for Aberdeen in the current campaign, both domestically and in the Europa Conference League. And although the Scottish outfit ultimately endured a disappointing campaign, the right-back’s performances were a glimmer of positivity and earned him admiring glances from elsewhere.

Asked about his future recently, the Aberdeen starlet said: “It’s going well because growing up is all you want to do – playing first-team football and then hopefully taking a big step one day in the future.”

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Reports have recently linked Liverpool with a summer move for the Scotland Under-21 international, with ECHO understanding that Ramsay is indeed on the Reds’ radar as they assess potential summer activities. However, interest hasn’t gone beyond that at this stage with the teenager one of many players under consideration.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will hold talks with Neco Williams this summer before making a decision on the Welsh international’s future. The right-back joined Fulham on loan in January and shone for the Cottagers, making 14 appearances and helping them clinch promotion to the Premier League when first requested earlier this week.

The 21-year-old was available for transfer last summer and in January, with the club ready to let the defender leave to cement his international spot for Wales with the 2022 World Cup on the horizon. But despite being willing to listen to £10million departure offers, the Reds received no suitable offer and ended up loaning Williams out on January transfer deadline day.

Julian Ward was heavily involved in the decision to cross the line before the transfer window closed, as Liverpool sanctioned the temporary exit only to maximize the defender’s playing time. And, under the watchful eye of loan and career manager David Woodfine, the Reds have been delighted with the Welshman’s progress at Craven Cottage, with the loan being seen as a huge success and Anfield bosses very impressed with the way Fulham took care of their player.

ECHO understands Liverpool are in no rush to sell Williams after his loan success and are happy to keep him at Anfield with the defender’s preference ultimately being to stay at the club. However, his move to Fulham only strengthened his desire for regular starting football.

With Wales potentially taking part in the World Cup this winter in Qatar, such a prospect will only increase their desire to play further. And both sides are aware that such a scenario might not be possible with the Reds, with the possibility of playing time behind Trent Alexander-Arnold remaining limited.

Club insiders expect Fulham to be interested in retaining the 21-year-old next season after his promotion, but there have been no talks with the Cottagers or Williams over a permanent transfer this season. while they are not the only club interested. in his services. Meanwhile, although a second loan exit has not been ruled out, it is the least desirable option for both club and player.

The Reds will speak with Williams this summer to discuss what his role at Anfield would look like before making a decision on his future. If it is decided that it would be best for the defender to move on in search of a starting football, he will only be sold if a club matches Liverpool’s valuation of the player.

And the club have no desire to cash in on Williams or sell him cheap, seeing him as a valuable asset as they assess their summer transfer business. Anfield sources point to the fact that he is a first-choice international full-back who has played in various positions at the highest level, is on a long-term contract until 2025, is still only 21 and counts for the Reds’ local quota as both reasons to retain his services and why they would need a significant offer to sanction a permanent exit.

As a result, Williams is set to link up with Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season squad, with Liverpool still viewing him as a valuable first-team player and a decision over his future ultimately pending until talks between the player and the club have taken place. .

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