Saturday 19 January 2019

Williams agrees to Everton move

Ashley Williams. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
Ashley Williams. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Wales captain Ashley Williams, who guided his country to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, has joined Everton from Swansea City on a three-year contract, the Premier League clubs announced yesterday.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it has been reported that Everton had paid £12million for the 31-year-old central defender.

Everton, who sold central defender John Stones to Manchester City on Tuesday for £47.5million to become the world's most expensive defender, moved quickly to sign the Welsh club's skipper, who manager Ronald Koeman identified as the man to help plug a defence that shipped 55 league goals last season.

Williams made 36 league appearances for Swansea as they finished 12th last term before he helped Wales get to the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in their history.

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