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Everton to make second bid for Ashley Williams

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Wales captain open to move to Goodison Park

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Everton are determined to sign Swansea captain Ashley Williams and are ready to go in with an improved offer.

The Guardian’s Andy Hunter - a reliable source when it comes to Merseyside football - reports that Ronald Koeman is keen to bolster his defence before the start of the season and Williams is his prime target.

Williams is believed to be interested in a move to Goodison Park and the deal looked close to competition earlier this week.

However, Swansea rejected Everton’s £10m offer and reiterated their desire to keep hold of the Wales captain.

They may just be a play to squeeze an extra few million out of Everton though, with Koeman determined to get his man.

Figures vary according to which report you read, with some suggesting a fee of £11m will be enough while Sky Sports say the Swans are ready to do business at £15m.

The deal is not believed to be related to the future of John Stones, who has been heavily linked with Manchester City.

Although aged 31 Williams remains at the peak of his powers and would be a valuable addition to Everton’s backline.

Phil jagielka aside Everton’s central defensive options remain short on experience so Williams would slot in nicely alongside the likes of Stones, Mason Holgate and Brendan Galloway.

If Everton do lodge a bid that is to Swansea’s liking than a deal could be wrapped up fairly quickly, perhaps even in time for the Premier League opener against Tottenham in nine days time.