Report: PL rival reignite interest in £25k-a-week Liverpool starlet on Euro 2020 duty; snubbed in January transfer window
Southampton are once again interested in a potential loan move for Neco Williams, with Hampshire Live reporting that the Liverpool starlet is one name on their transfer wishlist this summer.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men certainly need to strengthen their full-back options in the coming months.
Injuries highlighted their lack of depth at various stages throughout this past campaign. And Ryan Bertrand’s departure has since been confirmed.
Hampshire Live reports that talks over a move for Romain Perraud are progressing well. But the Frenchman may not be the only new face who comes in for those positions.
According to the report, the Saints remain keen on Williams, who made six Premier League appearances for the Reds this past season.
Southampton were linked with the youngster in January, only to take Takumi Minamino for the rest of the campaign instead.
Williams has had a difficult start to life in the Liverpool first-team. Some felt compelled to defend him after he was one of their better performers in their defeat to Fulham a couple of months ago.
Of course, it cannot be easy when the player ahead of you is Trent Alexander-Arnold.
But Williams did impress on international duty ahead of Euro 2020. And a loan move to a Premier League rival looks to make a lot of sense.
Liverpool may be wary due to the injury problems they endured this past season. But Williams surely needs to prove that he can impress at the highest level on a consistent basis.
Southampton may struggle to convince Liverpool to sanction Williams transfer
The Saints are not the only top flight side to have been linked with Williams. And that may be a problem for Hasenhuttl.
If Liverpool are going to loan Williams – who earns £25,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – out, they will want him playing regularly.
But with Kyle Walker-Peters in the ranks, that may be unlikely at St Mary’s. Certainly, he is likely to need some good fortune to get ahead of the 24-year-old initially.
So perhaps, Southampton may end up with a similar answer to when they approached Liverpool in the winter.
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