By Alex Stevens
Everton are closing in on £30million defensive duo Ashley Williams and Lamina Kone after they arrived in Merseyside to sign for the club, according to reports.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog (12:08pm) that Swansea skipper Williams would travel to Merseyside on Tuesday afternoon to undergo a medical ahead of signing a two-year deal.
Former Wales international Gabbidon subsequently posted on his personal Instagram page the image of Williams arriving at Everton alongside his agent to put the finishing touches to the deal and shared the picture on his personal Twitter account:
— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) August 9, 2016
Sky Sports also reported on their website that Sunderland’s Kone is on Merseyside on Tuesday with negotiations continuing over a move to Everton.
It is said by the broadcaster that Everton submitted an £18million bid for Kone more than a week ago and that they have agreed a £12million deal with Swansea for Williams.
The 31-year-old, who captained Wales throughout their impressive Euro 2016 campaign, made his farewells at training on Tuesday morning and will be confirmed as a Toffees player in the coming hours.
Williams is set to sign on a two-year deal and will be new Everton boss Ronald Koeman’s third senior summer arrival after the captures of Idrissa Gueye and Martin Stekelenburg.
Kone should follow soon afterwards. The Mail claim the Sunderland centre-back was seen posing with an Everton fan after travelling down in anticipation of a deal being agreed on Monday.
The Frenchman is under contract until 2020 at Sunderland, but Everton are reportedly confident they can convince new Black Cats manager David Moyes to part with the centre-back.
The pair were identified by Everton as they prepared for the sale of John Stones, who completed a £47.million transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday morning that demolished Everton’s transfer record.
In other Everton transfer news, they have agreed terms for a midfielder who has signed a four-year contract.