By Dominic Toner
Everton have signed Ashley Williams from Swansea – and the Merseyside club’s fans reacted with delight on Twitter.
Everton confirmed the signing of the defender on Wednesday afternoon and it was confirmed on the club’s official website that he has moved to Goodison Park on a three-year deal.
There have been thousands of reactions to Williams signing for the Merseyside club and most people on Twitter agree that it is a smart piece of business from Ronald Koeman’s side.
Here are a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Always liked Ashley Williams (was too good for Swansea imo) be interesting to see what he does at Everton under a legendary CB like Koeman.
— Warren (@wozznotwas) August 10, 2016
Everton have signed Ashley Williams… He’s decent tbh…
— Marcus Withey (@BTScorfs) August 10, 2016
Ashley Williams is great business from Everton.. Backward step for Williams though
— Wayne dunlop (@BiggyAL1981) August 10, 2016
Why haven’t Arsenal signed Ashley Williams? They’ve got no centre half a fit? Quality signing for 9 million!!
— Owen⚽️⚽️ (@OwenSpurr) August 10, 2016
Selling Stones for nearly £50m and getting Ashley Williams for 1/4 of that is the best business ever from Everton ?
— Tom (@tomclaarke) August 10, 2016
I think Everton have done very well getting Ashley Williams. I rate him as a CB, and it baffles me why a bigger club haven’t gone in for him
— Rich Lee (@RichLee2202) August 10, 2016
Welcome Ashley Williams… Absolute rock of a defender I’m made up! #EFC
— Kevin Cain (@KevinCain90) August 10, 2016
Ashley Williams to Everton for £12m is all sorts of epic. What a massive signing.
— Bemi Idowu (@mr_bemi) August 10, 2016
buzzing with Ashley Williams ?
— Perks (@lloydperkins9) August 10, 2016
Getting Ashley Williams for £9m is a bargain. There are limitations, but he’s the leader that Everton defence needs right now.
— George Dugdale (@GeorgeDugdale) August 10, 2016
Everton selling stones and buying Ashley Williams is one of the best bits of business in a while
— Dixon (@alexdixon1318) August 10, 2016
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kavel Solkehol claimed on Wednesday morning that Everton would pay £9million for the Wales international, although the fee was undisclosed by the club in the official announcement.
Wales skipper Williams was pictured arriving with his agent at Everton on Tuesday afternoon to put the finishing touches to the deal after making his farewells at training at Swansea on Tuesday morning.
He has become the third senior summer arrival at the Toffees this summer after the captures of Idrissa Gueye and Martin Stekelenburg.
Williams is now widely regarded as one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League, starting all but two of Swansea’s 38 league matches last season.
The defender joined Swansea in the 2007-08 season and made 352 appearances for the now established Premier League side.
Williams will be a direct replacement for John Stones, who completed a £47.5million transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday morning that demolished Everon’s transfer record.
In other Everton transfer news, Arsenal are set to hijack the club’s move for a Premier League striker.