Ashley Williams is quitting Everton after Marco Silva made up his mind to give the defender his marching orders, Football Insider understands.

The centre-back, 34, will leave Goodison Park after three years when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Williams has had an impressive season on loan at Championship club Stoke City but an Everton source has told Football Insider the club will not hand him an extension to his deal.

Manager Marco Silva has made up his mind that Williams is no longer suited to a club with Premier League top-six ambitions and is weighing up whether to also dispense with fellow veteran Phil Jagielka.

Michael Keane and loanee Kurt Zouma have been the regular Everton centre-back pairing this season but there are doubts as to whether Chelsea are willing to negotiate the permanent sale of the Frenchman.

Yerry Mina has had an injury-disrupted season but the Merseysiders have high hopes he can establish himself in the Premier League in 2019-20.

Williams joined Everton from Swansea in the summer of 2016 and made 73 appearances before being loaned out to Stoke.

He made 27 league starts among 37 appearances for the second-tier side and remains a key player for the Wales team as he eyes a place at Euro 2020.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that Marco Brands has set his sights on signing a Chelsea flyer.