Black Cats fail with a modest bid for the captain of the Welsh national team.
Swansea City have rejected a £4m offer from Sunderland for Wales captain Ashley Williams, according to Sky Sports.
Williams, who has just 12 months left to run on his current contract at the Liberty Stadium, has been linked with interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, Napoli and Queens Park Rangers.
Sunderland are also keen on the 29-year-old, but they have been told that their opening bid was unacceptable.
Williams joined Swansea from Stockport County for a transfer fee of £400,000 in 2008.
He has made over 250 first-team appearances for the Swans and has represented the club in three different divisions.
This season, he played 34 Premier League games, making 53 tackles, 80 interceptions, 314 interceptions and 36 blocks.
Despite being born in Wolverhampton, Williams made his international debut for Wales in 2008.
He has been capped 45 times by the Dragons, scoring one goal – in a 5-1 win over Luxembourg in August 2010.
Swansea are keen for Williams to sign a new contract in South Wales.
The player is currently on holiday, while his agent, Jamie Moralee, is at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
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