Ashley Williams completes switch

Williams looks ahead to Everton future

Everton: Ashley Williams completes switch Everton: Ashley Williams completes switch

The Toffees have moved swiftly to replace John Stones, who was sold for £47.5million to Manchester City on Tuesday, by acquiring Williams, 31, for a fraction of the cost on a three-year deal.

Williams had spent eight years with the Swans and though they rejected Everton’s initial advances for him, the Welshman’s desire to move to Merseyside saw the South Wales outfit relent.

He said: “I’ve had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I’m delighted to have joined Everton.

“Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football – and I believe the club is going in the right direction. This is something I wanted to be a part of.

“I look forward to seeing what the manager’s plans are for me and the team. He’s [Ronald Koeman] been one of the greatest centre-halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him and seeing what he can teach me.”

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