By Harvey Byrne
Swansea would consider selling Ashley Williams to Everton for £15million, according to a reliable journalist.
The Toffees had a £10million bid rejected for the Wales captain, but Sky reported on their website on Thursday that manager Ronald Koeman is set to make a second bid of around £15million.
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol has now reported on his personal Twitter account that the Merseysiders have been given a glimmer of hope in their pursuit of the defender.
Would take £15m bid before Swansea even consider negotiating sale of Everton target Ashley Williams
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 4, 2016
Swansea had insisted earlier that the 31-year-old is going nowhere, with two years still remaining on his Liberty Stadium deal, but it looks like they could be ready to negotiate.
The Toffees are keen to sign another defender as they prepare for the likely departure of John Stones to Manchester City.
Doubts also remain over the future of Ramiro Funes-Mori who has been linked with a move to Serie A giants Roma according to Italian publication Gazzetta World, which has encouraged Koeman to enter the market for Williams.
The former Stockport defender 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.
Williams is heading into his tenth season as a Swansea player, after signing for the Swans in the 2007-08 season.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are standing firm on their £50million John Stones price tag and have told Manchester City to take it or leave it.