According to Sky Sports, Everton and Wales centre-back Ashley Williams is set for a medical at Championship Stoke City ahead of a season-long loan move. The loan move would take Williams to the end of his Everton contract next summer, so he would then become a free agent.
Williams arrived at Goodison Park for a fee in the region of £12million from Swansea in the summer of 2016. However, he is now deemed surplus to requirements by the Everton management.
Reports suggest that Toffees boss Marco Silva has told Williams along with Cuco Martina, Kevin Mirallas and youngster Nikola Vlasic to train away from the first-team. It seems the quartet is not in the long-term plans of the Portuguese boss.
The centre-back is 33-years-old, and last season struggled for form, as the Toffees look highly vulnerable in defence for much of the campaign. The Merseysiders defensive displays improved slightly under veteran boss Sam Allardyce.
Stoke boss Gary Rowett has recently stated that he felt that the Potters needed to bring in some defensive reinforcements ahead of the transfer window closing on August 9th.
Reportedly, Everton are interested in signing Stoke’s Senegalese midfielder Badou N’Diaye. However, it is understood that no bid has yet been made by the Merseysiders for the midfielder who was in the Senegal World Cup squad.
Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands is set for a busy week, as the Dutchman looks to bring in a centre-back. It seems that the Toffees have competition from Manchester United for Barcelona’s Colombian international Yerry Mina.
If United win the bid for Mina, then the Merseysiders could then turn their attention to Red Devils Argentinian international Marcos Rojo, who is believed to be valued at around £30million by the men from Manchester.
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