Everton Join Race For Swansea City Centre-Back Ashley Williams

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Everton have become the latest club to enter the race to sign Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, according to the Mirror.

The 28-year-old has already been the subject of much speculation from Arsenal and Liverpool after enjoying a fine season in south Wales, but it is now Everton who are hoping to persuade him to leave the Liberty Stadium.

New Everton boss Roberto Martinez first brought Williams to Swansea in 2008 from Stockport County, and is now hoping to be reunited with the highly sought after centre back.

They will still face stiff competition from the Gunners, however, with the future of Thomas Vermaelen still in doubt. Wenger had made enquiries about an £8 million move in the January transfer window and could come back with a concrete offer within the next two weeks.

Vermaelen’s injuries have seen him slip down the pecking order at the Emirates and Wenger reportedly hopes to replace him with Williams who possesses all of the leadership qualities that he looks for.

However, Italian giants Napoli have also been credited with an interest after new manager Rafa Benitez was impressed with Williams during their two Capital One Cup semi finals.

Napoli have been linked with Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and will move for Williams should anything fail to materialise with the big Slovakian.

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