Unveiled on Wednesday: Everton to complete major signing - report
By Alex Stevens
Everton are set to unveil Ashley Williams on Wednesday as Ronald Koeman’s recruitment overhaul goes into overdrive, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Merseysiders have tied up a deal for the Wales skipper, who was pictured arriving with his agent at the club on Tuesday afternoon.
It is said that Everton have agreed the terms of a £12million deal with Swansea for Williams and that he is in line to be unveiled as the club’s third major signing of the summer on Wednesday.
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The 31-year-old, who captained Wales throughout their impressive Euro 2016 campaign, made his farewells at training on Tuesday morning and is set to 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.
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The Wales skipper 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.
He had been heading into his tenth season as a Swansea player, after signing for the Swans in the 2007-08 season.
Williams will be a direct replacement for John Stones, who completed a £47.5million transfer to Manchester City on Tuesday morning that demolished Everton’s transfer record.
Swansea are attempting to soften this blow on fans by securing the signature of Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid, who is understood to have agreed a £15m move to the Liberty stadium and will be flying in for a medical on Tuesday night, according to the Sky Sports website.
In other Everton transfer news, this young defender may follow Stones out of the exit door amid strong Newcastle interest.