Ashley Williams has snubbed all the offers from Premier League big boys Arsenal and Manchester United as he finally completed his move to Everton.

The Wales defender has penned a three-year deal at Goodison Park after the Toffees sealed a deal believed to be around £9m with Swansea.

Only a few days ago, Swansea made a shocking U-turn on Ashley William’s potential move to Everton which then suggested both Arsenal and United had a great opportunity to sign the defender as they also made the Swansea-man their possible summer target.

But Williams, 31, has revealed he wanted to join Everton to work with their new manager Ronald Koeman, who he referred to as “a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football”.

He said: “I’ve had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I’m delighted to have joined Everton.

“Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager – a world legend in football – and I believe the club is going in the right direction. This is something I wanted to be a part of.

“I look forward to seeing what the manager’s plans are for me and the team.

“He’s been one of the greatest centre-halves to ever play the game, so I look forward to learning from him and seeing what he can teach me.

“I really can’t wait to get out there at Goodison. I’ve always enjoyed playing on the Goodison pitch, so it will be nice to be an Everton player and experience what it’s all about when I’m part of the home team.”

Koeman added that he wanted to bring in a strong central defender after the departure of John Stones to Manchester City on a £50m deal.

Arsenal have seen per Mertesacker and Gabriel knocked out with an injury in the pre-season and are keen to sign an experienced defender.

Wenger may be forced to rush Laurent Koscielny back into action if he fails to secure a new defensive signing by the end of the week.

Koscielny has only just returned to training having been handed an extended break after helping France reach the Euro 2016 final on July 10.

If Wenger finds out his countryman not ready for the Liverpool clash, he will be left with facing Jurgen Klopp’s side without a senior centre-half.

Youngsters Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are his only two other centre-back options.

Full-backs Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy, who was expected to leave this summer, have both filled in at the heart of the Arsenal defence previously and could be called on again.

Holding midfielder Francis Coquelin is another who could drop back to plug a hole at the back.


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