Williams appeared to be destined for Merseyside after an initial report by WalesOnline suggested the Swans would be prepared to sell him and both the South Wales Evening Post and The Guardian claimed terms had been agreed between the two clubs.
Chris Wathan, the WalesOnline journalist who broke the original story, BBC Wales and Sky Sports News all now say that Swansea have turned the Blues' bid down, with the former suggesting the 31-year-old's transfer is now on the brink of collapse.
Much could depend on the player's own desire to see the move go through and to secure a fresh challenge after eight years at the Liberty Stadium.
A Swansea spokesman quoted by The Mirror said this evening: “Ashley Williams is an important part of our squad and club and we are not looking to sell him, and therefore we have turned down the offer currently on the table.”
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1 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:24:56
2 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:26:55
3 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:28:50
4 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:29:29
5 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:32:07
6 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:32:10
He'll be wearing a blue shirt next week.
7 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:33:17
If we can't get him then move on.
8 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:34:32
I would have preferred Williams over Fonte and Lamine Kone from Sunderland. I'm really not excited by the prospect of either of those signings.
9 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:36:09
10 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:40:50
Actually I would have both as we need centre back cover if Stones leaves.
11 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:45:40
12 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:46:49
13 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:47:12
14 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:50:38
2026 Liverpool bid for Commonwealth Games...
Just nice for our new stadium at the docks!
15 Posted 02/08/2016 at 21:56:13
16 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:03:05
Try £12m and if they don't like that they can fuck off. Although we do badly need at least one center back in.
17 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:05:50
18 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:07:38
19 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:10:33
20 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:11:52
21 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:20:03
22 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:20:28
23 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:24:51
They cant be hoping for much more given his age and service to them. If he really wants the move a figure needs to be agreed promptly.
24 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:26:25
He's physically big/strong, looks like (on the park) he has a big mouth, seems switched on, looks like a real leader imo exactly what we have been lacking presence, leadership.
No guarantees of course, but I really believe a couple of players like this are priority and could make a big (positive) difference to our entire squad.
Former players like Graeme Sharp and Adrian Heath have (in the past) publicly stated that the presence, leadership and attitude of Reid and Gray (two 'oul crocks) was the spark that ignited us in 84.
Having watched us in 83 and seen the transformation in that side, I can tell you, the effect of a couple of real/natural leaders can be immense.
£25m - £30m spent on two real winners could give our squad a lot more than £40m - £50m spent on one eye-catching, headline-grabbing, skilful 'star.'
There are some good players in our squad, many of them just need leadership and example.
25 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:28:43
26 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:29:31
Until we land a Mata, Witsel or Carvalho, I'll just continue to worry that this new Moshiri era will be more of the same.
27 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:31:54
If Swansea really wanted to keep the player who is contracted until 2018, surely they wouldn't have allowed him to talk to another club?
28 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:35:00
29 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:40:46
30 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:44:08
31 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:51:44
32 Posted 02/08/2016 at 22:57:14
33 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:01:12
34 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:05:01
35 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:05:59
That said, we can't go no higher.
36 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:08:49
But like Eugene says: who cares, it isn't my money. We need him, so let's bloody well make it happen.
37 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:12:44
All kidding aside get it done already!
38 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:18:33
Jesus all that glitters (or 'glisters' for you Shakespeareans) etc.
Currently, the main talent of the third most expensive signing in our history, appears to be that when he receives the ball, he can instantly do a boss impression of Norman Wisdom walking on a highly polished floor, after having his shandy spiked.
Anyone at the moment not prepared to give time to Moshiri/Koeman is going to 1) drive themselves fucking nuts and 2) drive the rest of us fucking nuts.
If we lash money at it immediately (to satisfy the Viv Nicholson types) and we're 5th from bottom by the end of November, prepare to hear angry rants at the match along the lines "He just spunked the money lad and hoped for the best lad, there was no plan lad" etc blah.
39 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:20:15
There are many other better, younger central defenders out there worth paying decent money for.
40 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:39:13
Either cough up for the money they want, clearly he's available and open to a move or walk away. Messing around makes us no better than City or Chelski.
41 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:40:59
I like the look of Koulibaly on YouTube but I know what we will get with Williams. Tried and tested in the Premier League and a natural leader.
42 Posted 02/08/2016 at 23:46:41
Let's face it, we can pick holes in any transfer and its 'value'. I happen to think the player has good experience, both as a defender first and as a captain
Those qualities are missing from the current squad and would be worth the the fee. Clearly the prime reason to buy him not just the other CBs out there for more or less money
Unlike Jags, his game is not affected being captain. Thoughts?
43 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:02:58
An ultimatum is the only way forward... or perhaps a mass.
44 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:36:49
Huth and Morgan, same age, champions.
As for 'greedy', subjective of course, but some might think many Evertonians expecting/demanding £125m for 2 players (that many Evertonians can't find a good word for) no less greedy.
As for - 'There are many other better, younger central defenders out there worth paying decent money for.' I'm not disputing this out of hand, but it would be good to have the names of a few you consider fit the bill (and who could make a real difference, who could provide leadership, who want and are willing to move and who aren't signed to long-term contracts with other clubs etc).
45 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:36:56
46 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:39:42
47 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:55:42
Letting them have Galloway or Holgate on loan as a makeweight might soften the blow, especially if they have other positions targeted with the profits from the sale.
BTW - does anyone think we might be in for Berahino? There seems to be a lot of cloak and dagger about the announcement tomorrow of his sale to 'either Crystal Palace or Stoke' and Koeman does appear to like a 'quick' up front.
48 Posted 03/08/2016 at 01:03:03
49 Posted 03/08/2016 at 01:09:34
The much-vaunted "marquee" signing would be a statement of intent that may well change the perception of how we're viewed by sponsors, agents and players alike. Bring in one £30m-£40m signing and other players of a similar ilk will surely want to follow.
I don't disagree that bringing in Williams would improve the side (I'm less sold on Gueye) but a summer that promised so much is threatening to turn into a massive disappointment and if Lukaku and Stones go I do believe that this squad will struggle to get into the top half.
Sure, building a team is a slow, iterative process and we're not going to be transformed in one transfer window or one season but if Moshiri is truly willing to give us the much-needed cash injection which has been expected then there are plenty of big name, proven players out there for us to go and get right now. Gueye, Williams and Stekelenburg don't guarantee us European football and that should be our aim as a minimum!
50 Posted 03/08/2016 at 01:22:20
51 Posted 03/08/2016 at 01:22:59
You can't say (true financial) might makes doesn't make it right on the one hand then get all up in the air when Swansea have the temerity, the audacity, to say No... even if it 'No' might only = more money please.
52 Posted 03/08/2016 at 01:57:00
We do need to get a leader in, whether it's a CB or a CM, even in the Euros, I found it hard to see a player that had real leadership apart from the likes of Ashley Williams with a fighting heart .
I think we have to look towards an Italian or a German for a CB and a Spaniard for a CM to give us some craft.
53 Posted 03/08/2016 at 02:06:18
Williams is a leader that we desperately need. If Walsh and Koeman rate him, I want him.
54 Posted 03/08/2016 at 03:39:03
Always baffled me too with how supporters getting fixated on the actual transfer fee of players. It doesn't matter, it's all funny money and footballs gone mad but don't let it worry you.
55 Posted 03/08/2016 at 05:38:15
56 Posted 03/08/2016 at 06:02:44
1) Ashley is 32 soon.
2) John is only 23.
3) £10M in old school thinking seems steep.
4) £50M seem like us making City dance to our tune.
5) Ashley is a respected leader domestically and internationally.
6) John is stylish but still naive quite often.
7) Our defence has been a real cause for concern for two consecutive seasons, that has to be entirely reversed.
In conclusion, because the comparison is far from "like for like", I have real misgivings. Keeping Stones and adding Williams would however seem ideal to me. Could transform Stones into a defender of true World Class, for us. If that was the outcome, then coughing up £15M for Williams would be good money well spent.
John sold to City for below expected fee.
Ashley purchased over the odds
Three weeks into the season Stones scores his first EPL goal for City
Williams does his cruciate ligaments and is out for the remainder of the season, or approximately 50% of his contract
Of course, the goal/cruciate could always happen in reverse.
57 Posted 03/08/2016 at 07:12:12
At £10 million it was a snip... Even at his age. he looks like he has another few seasons in reserve. Some players are like that...in the John Terry mould.
58 Posted 03/08/2016 at 07:24:54
I wonder if this will result in a bumper new contract for Williams.
Swansea would be mad to let him go.
59 Posted 03/08/2016 at 07:56:01
I think £10m is a decent price for both parties but fair play to them for sticking to their guns.
60 Posted 03/08/2016 at 07:59:08
61 Posted 03/08/2016 at 08:01:42
Williams will probably be tempted to move (transfer fee, wage increase, bigger stage, new challenge etc) as has been at Swansea for 8 years, signing for £300k and this could be his best chance of a last hurrah.
Swansea will naturally want to keep him but ultimately will cash in if the money is good enough for a player at the end of his career, especially if he asks to leave. They've got to be seen to be fighting to keep him and get the best deal for the club.
I think the stars will come into line on this one, we might have to go up to at least £15m to get him though. Then there's something in it for everyone.
62 Posted 03/08/2016 at 08:08:30
Sounds like legal jargon, that 'not minded' bit seen it before.
63 Posted 03/08/2016 at 08:10:45
Stuff the pious moral high ground. Get Williams and every last penny out of Chelsea and City.
He's a leader and two or three of those are more important than a marquee signing.
64 Posted 03/08/2016 at 08:14:21
65 Posted 03/08/2016 at 08:39:56
He is proven in our league, is a captain and a great example to our young lads. It's a no-brainer for me. As Eugene says, it's not my money or your money, just spend it.
66 Posted 03/08/2016 at 09:16:10
I don't care about the money involved, quality counts for more, and if we sign Williams, we will be getting quality.
67 Posted 03/08/2016 at 10:00:18
The two guys we should not underestimate are Holgate and Galloway. They both have more winner mentality than John and are more athletic in turning and reacting than John in defence. I could see their winner athleticism dominating Europe in 3-5 years with Koeman behind them. They can also play a ball not as good as John but they can and are developing that in our system.
That omits to mention Pennington and Mr Browning who could both be £20m type CBs. Williams in to cover for their development would be great.
68 Posted 03/08/2016 at 10:13:27
69 Posted 03/08/2016 at 10:32:24
if Swansea want more than £12-13M then I'd be tempted to switch to Kone who is supposedly available for £16-17M and is only 27, so has his best years ahead of him and is a similar type player with possibly a yard more pace.
70 Posted 03/08/2016 at 10:37:50
71 Posted 03/08/2016 at 10:39:17
72 Posted 03/08/2016 at 10:56:53
73 Posted 03/08/2016 at 11:19:05
74 Posted 03/08/2016 at 12:08:21
Jags has been rock solid. Best in the Premier League.
75 Posted 03/08/2016 at 13:02:30
76 Posted 03/08/2016 at 13:16:49
It's getting annoying all of the players that we've been linked with which haven't materialised. I thought Mata and Sigurdsson would have done well at Everton; I wasn't convinced by Arnautovic.
77 Posted 03/08/2016 at 13:24:59
78 Posted 03/08/2016 at 13:30:05
None of us want another collapse at Anfield getting laughed at by the red shite and the rest of the footballing world!
79 Posted 03/08/2016 at 13:32:45
I would rather have him than Koulibaly, Martins-Indi or Kone, that's for sure. Proven Premier League experience and he is not afraid to do the dirty side of the job.
80 Posted 03/08/2016 at 13:39:15
Your comments regarding players we already have in 'reserve' like Holgate, Garbutt, Galloway, etc echo my own views of why we are apparently busting a gut and preparing to spend millions when we already have young experienced players who can do a job just as well, or even better, than the so called 'elite'.
We have constantly been told by the hierarchy that certain players are more than ready to step up into the first team and it must be disheartening for them to be overlooked in the pursuit of foreigners, these lads deserve their promotion and their loyalty to the Blue shirt would never be in question unlike Stones and Lukaku.
81 Posted 03/08/2016 at 13:44:26
82 Posted 03/08/2016 at 14:11:38
83 Posted 03/08/2016 at 14:29:38
84 Posted 03/08/2016 at 15:04:39
One it is a massive leap in level to the Prem from what they have been used to.
Two there is so much going on in a youngsters head and life at this period of their development.
The amount of money and instant fame can be hard for some kids.
I also think players like Garbutt must be full of self doubt after playing some great games for the first team then finding himself loaned out, getting injured etc meanwhile Galloway gets into pole position and Oviedo recovers from injury.
86 Posted 03/08/2016 at 15:49:29
Really think we should have got other defensive options lined up? Just shows Martinez was out of his depth.
Its not exactly caught us by suprise, everyone knew he was going to go in January.
87 Posted 03/08/2016 at 16:19:24
Villa and Sunderland failures will walk into the team just because they cost £millions but only Davies will get anywhere near PL football this season and even that will be rarely.
Brentford will be drawing their list of loan players they fancy as I write.
88 Posted 03/08/2016 at 16:23:39
Have some faith.
We've got rid of the amateur now lets give the professional a chance to do their work.
89 Posted 03/08/2016 at 16:27:07
90 Posted 03/08/2016 at 16:35:38
In fact I'd rather pay 30 mill for Williams with the extra years on the clock!
92 Posted 03/08/2016 at 16:55:52
Seemed like it was going to get done though and was delighted, just the type of player we need.
If they want another few million do it and get it done. If not, shame but move on to other targets whoever they may be!
93 Posted 03/08/2016 at 16:58:39
Having traced my family tree over twenty generations, I am also proud to say, that (like most "Brits"), I have a liberal smattering of English, Irish and Scots in my bloodline / DNA.
Therefore, in any international, I cheer on all home sides, but do reserve the right to support Wales (Cymru), exclusively, if they are playing against any of the other "Home" nations. I am sure that Ashley Williams will become an Everton player and that, in keeping with modern trends and values, his club will not release him at the first time of asking, for the price first offered.
After all - I suppose we could tell Chelsea and Man City to stick a "Thorny Rose" up their rectums, in the cases of Lukaku and Stones, except of course, neither of the clubs is English owned, so we will probably have to settle for a "Hammer and Sickle" (or whatever passes for the Russian equivalent nowadays) and a "Camel", respectively.
Otherwise, I would respectively suggest that you refrain from making denigrating remarks such as the one made in your opening post, as it doesn't become you and is not in keeping with the online persona image I have created of you , in my mind's eye.
96 Posted 03/08/2016 at 17:39:22
I was really impressed with him in the games he played for us and looked to have huge potential.
He's got a beautiful left peg and his deliveries dead ball or otherwise were fantastic.
I think he must be really demotivated atm - after the way Martinez treated him, he was then unlucky last season to pick up a bad injury, which takes time to get back into form from.
It now appears that Koeman doesn't fancy him, even to develop behind Baines.
Either that, or he's looking to loan him out again for his development for this season.
He's one of those players I think will go elsewhere and in time go to another PL club and become a top class player, we turn around and say - I can't believe we let him go.
97 Posted 03/08/2016 at 17:44:02
98 Posted 03/08/2016 at 18:00:34
99 Posted 03/08/2016 at 18:03:46
World beaters are first team players by the time they are 18. If we want to be a top 4 club then we need world beaters!
100 Posted 03/08/2016 at 18:31:34
I'm always amazed at how touchy we are regarding comments on the internet. I'm sure Colin was just having a bit of a laugh.
101 Posted 03/08/2016 at 18:33:28
While I'm not truly Welsh, I have a deep affection for Wales and its people – my surname suggests some distant lineage, of course, and I spent five years at university in Swansea – and I'm not sure referring to leeks, despite them being stereotypically synonymous with Wales, is all that offensive.
I don't know Mr Glassar personally but having seen his comments on the site for years, I don't believe there was anything malicious intended; on the contrary, I took it as a tongue-in-cheek cultural reference but that's hard to convey in text.
104 Posted 03/08/2016 at 18:45:09
It's a pretty sad state of affairs that someone would actually go to the effort of writing an email to complain about a leek related post.
It seems the Internet has for many people just become a way of being offended.
Xenophobic my arse!
105 Posted 03/08/2016 at 18:50:00
106 Posted 03/08/2016 at 19:44:21
As for Ashley Williams, he would be a great acquisition for the Mighty EFC.
107 Posted 03/08/2016 at 19:53:29
Believe me, Colin knows his onions.
108 Posted 03/08/2016 at 20:19:30
109 Posted 03/08/2016 at 20:26:36
I guess caravans, sheep and Tom Jones are fair game?
110 Posted 03/08/2016 at 20:42:03
I never, for a moment, truly thought that Colin was Xenophobic. As you said, I too have been following him on ToffeeWeb for many years and thoroughly enjoy his comments and insights.
I just thought that this outburst was out of character for Colin and wondered what, if anything, in particular, had prompted it.
111 Posted 03/08/2016 at 20:49:01
#93 "Colin(1)- For someone whose comments and opinions I follow closely and generally admire, I am astonished by this somewhat xenophobic utterance."
#110 "I never, for a moment, truly thought that Colin was Xenophobic."
Almost as good as one of Trump's...
112 Posted 03/08/2016 at 20:51:22
To begin, let me say that it was not me that e-mailed a complaint. I am a great admirer of Colin and his posts and read them avidly.
Also, I never seriously thought of him as being Xenophobic - but was surprised by his sudden outburst and wondered what may have prompted it.
I am saddened to learn that your "arse" is xenophobic - but what about the rest of you?
113 Posted 03/08/2016 at 20:59:06
The dictionary definition of "somewhat" is "to a moderate extent or by a moderate amount; rather".
As indicated, it implies a moderate tendency towards, not an outright accusation.
Consequently, my second post upheld this view, rather than being a total volte face, as per Mr Trump.
114 Posted 03/08/2016 at 21:27:01
I like the use of 'somewhat' to change the meaning of a word. It nice to know you only thought Colin was moderately xenophobic.
I think Jeremy Clarkson is somewhat annoying and Nigel Farage is somewhat of a racist fucknugget. No, forget that... Farage is a racist fucknugget.
115 Posted 04/08/2016 at 07:51:28
LOL - your opinion of the two gentlemen mentioned is interesting, but irrelevant in relation to my view of Colin's post.
You didn't answer my question however.
We now know that your "arse" is xenophobic, but what about the rest of you?
Given your comments on J. Clarkson and N. Farage, would it be fair to say "intolerant" was an apt description?
As is oft credited to Voltaire, but was actually uttered by Evelyn Beatrice Hall: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it".
I have subscribed to this view for all of my adult life.
Consequently, I do not question what Colin said, merely what drove him to say it?
Similarly, I do not question your right to say what you did about J. Clarkson and N. Farage - I am merely enquiring into what has driven you to say that?
Is it, xenophobia, intolerance, or mere pique?
116 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:22:26
I may well be in a minority on this but the slagging off of other clubs, when not tongue-in-cheek, and particularly when it is particularly vitriolic and full of profanities always strikes me as being unnecessary. Yes, support your club but in a positive way rather than indirectly by having a go at others.
117 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:09:21
caused a fairly unseemly altercation among fellow Blues
"Fuck off Rush, yer big-nosed, ugly, Welsh, turncoat kopite!"
119 Posted 04/08/2016 at 20:39:36
Having said that, I see that we have been linked with another Kone – soon, we will have enough to form our own contra-flow system!!
120 Posted 04/08/2016 at 23:12:21
I'm going to have a guess its "Welsh"
121 Posted 04/08/2016 at 23:32:09
122 Posted 09/08/2016 at 13:07:40
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