Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward has proved his worth several times this summer and has done it again by including a sell-on clause in Neco Williams’ contract with Nottingham Forest.
The Reds have included a 15% sell-on clause into the £17.5M deal.
The deal ensures Liverpool will make money on the player if he makes a move from Forrest in the future.
With the academy product still only 21 years old, he may develop in the seasons to come and could earn Liverpool a small fortune thanks to this clause.
Neco Williams has just completed medical tests and signed contract as new Nottingham Forest player. Total fee will be £17.5m, add-ons included. Liverpool will also have 15% sell-on clause. 🚨 #NFFC
…it’s one more important signing for Forest, Miltiadis Marinakis on it. pic.twitter.com/0rk3XZCd1Q
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 11, 2022
The move appears to be a perfect one for all parties with Liverpool earning a handsome fee for a player with only 484 minutes to his name.
Williams now gets a chance to play regular first team football and develop ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in the winter.
This was always a deal that was going to happen given Liverpool had signed Calvin Ramsey from Aberdeen earlier in the window to give Trent Alexander-Arnold sufficient back-up.
After 15 years at Liverpool, the right-back heads to Forrest in the hope of helping them remain in the Premier League following their play-off final win against Huddersfield last season.
15 years at this special club, thank you for everything @LFC it’s been an honour to play for this club and to play under Jurgen Klopp. But I’ve now decided to take up a new challenge🙌🏻
I wish all the team and the staff the best of luck for the future and will always…. pic.twitter.com/93JcMjZD0A
— Neco Williams (@necowilliams01) July 11, 2022
Williams came through Liverpool’s academy from 2009 until 2019 when he broke into the senior squad.
He featured 33 times for the Reds and assisted six times winning the FIFA Club World Cup, Premier League and Carabao Cup.
He’s also featured 21 times for his country scoring two goals and will head to the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
Perhaps Forrest may have paid over the odds but Williams should fit straight into their 3-4-1-2 system that should give the Welshman plenty of freedom on the right hand side.