Having confirmed the £47.5m sale of John Stones to Manchester City this morning, Everton are already closing in on his replacement.
The 22-year-old England international’s move to the Etihad was finalised late last night, with both clubs agreeing to wait until 11am this morning to publicly announce what is a record fee for an English defender.
Sky Sports are this afternoon reporting that the Toffees have agreed a fee of £12m with Swansea City for captain Ashley Williams, with the central defender now on his way to Finch Farm to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
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Everton saw a bid of £10m rejected by Swansea for the 31-year-old last week, but with Stones departing just days before the beginning of the new Premier League season, the club had to act quickly to recruit his replacement.
Williams has established himself as one of the Premier League’s better defenders in recent years, and played a big role in helping Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 earlier this summer.
The report claims that Williams has already said his goodbyes to his Swansea teammates, and the club he has been at since their League One days almost a decade ago, as he becomes new manager Ronald Koeman’s latest signing at Goodison Park.
They have also been linked with moves for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Lamine Koné of Sunderland, though it remains to be seen if Koeman will sign a second central defender or work with what he has once Williams is confirmed.