Wales captain and defender Ashley Williams moved to Everton from Swansea just before the new season began.
Everton made the move for the player for £12 million from their Premier League rivals, after the 31 year old impressed at the Euro 2016 whilst on national team duty.
Ronald Koeman made the player the third addition for the summer having previously gotten Senegalese player Idrissa Gueye and goal keeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Koeman is keen on transforming Everton and setting them up for a better performance after the woes of the previous campaign. Koeman still wants Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie and Sunderland’s back man Lamine Kone.
After the deal was announced, Williams made a comment that was quoted on the official website of the club. He said: “I believe the club is going in the right direction.” On working with Koeman at the club, Williams said he’s been one of the “greatest centre-halves to ever play the game” and that he was willing to learn as much as possible during his time at the club.
Everton had submitted a bid for the player but Swansea wanted more than the £10 million. The club improved on their offer before Swansea accepted. Williams was a one of the dominant forces behind Wales’ semi final reach despite it being their first showing at a major event in over five decades. He spent eight years playing at Swansea, featuring in over 300 games since joining the club from Stockport in March 2008 for just £300,000.
Everton are keen on keeping striker Romelu Lukaku despite the numerous interests in the player as they renew their interest in getting the best in the season which begins this weekend. The 27-year old Belgian still has three years on his current deal but his former club Chelsea are bent on his return this summer.