Stoke City have completed the signing of Wales skipper Ashley Williams on loan from Premier League side Everton.
Stoke City are delighted to announce the signing of defender Ashley Williams on a season-long loan from @Everton
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 2, 2018
The former Swansea defender, who has more than 600 first team matches and 79 international appearances to his name, has signed a contract with the Potters on a season-long loan from Everton.
Stoke City boss Gary Rowett revealed his plans, earlier this week, to sign more defensive players before the summer window closes. Speaking about Ashley Williams, he said that the defender would bring the much-needed competition to the club.
Gary Rowett said: “We have two very good senior central defenders in Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi but I felt it was important we brought in another experienced player to add to the competition for places.
“Having spoken to Ashley he feels like he has a point to prove and has a real hunger. He knows many of our players, knows what we’re all about as a club and will fit straight into our culture.
“He has gone for big money in the past and had a fantastic a career so far and experience in that position can be key because it can help you read the game.”
Williams cost Everton £12m when he came from Swansea after a great Euro 2016 campaign with Wales. The former Stockport County defender has made 73 appearances for Everton during his couple of seasons at Goodison Park.
↩️ | Ashley Williams has joined @stokecity on loan until the end of the season.
— Everton (@Everton) August 2, 2018
Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “Ashley’s pedigree and experience speaks for itself and I have no doubts that he will be a fantastic addition to our squad in the Championship.”
Everton are also in discussions with Stoke over a deal to sign midfielder Badou N’Diaye as part of an exchange for Williams. The Senegal international scored 2 goals in 13 games for Stoke last season after joining from Turkish club Galatasaray in January.
He becomes club’s 6th signing of the summer transfer window after the arrivals of Benik Afobe, Peter Etebo, James McClean, Tom Ince and Adam Federici.