Williams heading to Everton for £10m – reports

Ashley Williams: Signs for Everton

Ashley Williams: Signs for Everton

Ashley Williams is set to end his eight-year association with Swansea and sign for Everton for £10million, according to widespread reports.

The Wales and Swansea captain is believed to be new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman’s top defensive target and a deal between all parties is believed to have been agreed in principle. Reports on Sunday suggested he could also be targeted by Arsenal, though it appears they have now set their sights elsewhere, according to Tuesday’s Paper Talk.

The 31-year-old, who has interested Crystal Palace, Hull, Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent seasons, is expected to complete a move to Goodison Park in the next 48 hours.

Former Swans boss Roberto Martinez signed Williams for Swansea for a bargain £300,000 in March 2008 and he has gone on to make 346 appearances for the Welsh side, scoring 14 goals.

Koeman is looking to rebuild his central defence with John Stones expected to join Manchester City and Phil Jagielka missing much of pre-season because with a hamstring problem.

He is keen to add experience and physical presence to the Everton rearguard, who conceded 55 goals last season, and Williams fits the bill.

Williams has two years remaining on his contract at the Liberty Stadium.