Everton thwarted in Williams bid

‘If Roma had made offer, I’d have stayed’ – De Rossi

Swansea have further demonstrated their commitment to keeping their best players by rejecting a bid from Everton for Ashley Williams.

Everton were tipped to be closing in on the signing of the Welsh side’s captain after tabling a £10million bid for the 31-year-old.

However, the offer has subsequently been rejected, and a Swansea club spokesman said: “We are not looking to sell him, and therefore we have turned down the offer currently on the table.”

In eight years at Swansea Williams has become the rock at the heart of the defence not just his club but also his country, having captained Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 this summer.

He has appeared almost 350 times since joining Swansea from Stockport in 2008 – when the club had just been promoted to the second tier of English football – and has become regarded as one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League.

It was a second piece of good news for Swans fans in the wake of key attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson signing a new four-year deal after his performances for Iceland this summer led to speculation he could leave.