Rumoured Arsenal target Ashley Williams has signed for Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea City, for a fee of around £12m.
Everton have moved for the highly-rated defender following the £47.5m departure of John Stones to Manchester City earlier in the week, according to this report from the BBC
The Welsh international defender is Everton manager Ronald Keoman’s third signing of the summer after completing the sign of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and midfielder Idrissa Gueye. It’s thought that they are also eyeing Sunderland defender Lamine Kone and closing in on midfielder Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace.
Williams, who scored the winner for Swansea at The Emirates last season, signed a three-year deal with the Merseyside club and Williams is looking forward to playing for Koeman and told the official Everton website:
“He’s been one of the greatest centre-halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him,”
Everton originally offered a bid worth £10m but it was turned down by Swansea, but the deal was completed a day later for £12m.
Williams, 31, has not played any pre-season games due to his performances alongside Aaron Ramsey, for the national team at the Euro 2016 tournament, helping Wales qualify for the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history.
Williams joined Swansea from Stockport County in March 2008 for £300,000 and he spent eight years with the Premier League club and has played 300 games for City since 2008.
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Published: Friday, August 12, 2016 10:57 AM
|Author: Ian H.
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