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    BBC Sport Ashley Williams: Everton sign Swansea and Wales defender for £12m



    Everton have signed Wales captain Ashley Williams from Premier League rivals Swansea for an undisclosed fee, thought to be £12m.
    The 31-year-old defender is new manager Ronald Koeman's third summer purchase after Senegal midfielder [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and goalkeeper [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    They are also in talks to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie and Sunderland defender Lamine Kone.


    Swansea had rejected an earlier £10m bid from Everton.
    The signing comes a day after [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to join Manchester City for £47.5m.
    Williams featured in Wales' run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and has not played any pre-season games following an extended break.
    He spent eight years with the Swans, playing more than 300 games since joining for £300,000 from Stockport in March 2008.
    As well as seeking deals for Ivory Coast's Kone, 27, and DR Congo international Bolasie, 27, Everton are also determined to keep Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.
    The 23-year-old has three years remaining on his contract at Everton, and is [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] interesting his former club Chelsea.
    Analysis - Dafydd Pritchard, BBC Wales Sport

    While Swansea were reluctant to sell, it is understood Williams was eager to move as he sought a "new challenge".
    With forward Andre Ayew also leaving for West Ham just a year after signing for the Swans, a source close to owners Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan said the Americans are insistent Swansea "will not become a stepping-stone club".
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