John Hartson's damning verdict on Palace's chances of landing Ashley Williams

Swansea City have sent Crystal Palace a big message, according to the BBC pundit.

John Hartson believes Crystal Palace have no chance of signing Ashley Williams from Swansea City after the Welsh club reportedly priced him at £25 million, according to Kicca.

The Daily Mirror reported on Wednesday night that the Swans have placed the huge financial valuation on their captain to fend off interest from Crystal Palace.

And the BBC pundit feels Williams will be going nowhere as a result, with Swansea's move a bold one in the transfer market that shows the central defender is part of the furniture that will not be sold at any price (although, naturally, the £25m valuation suggests there is in fact a price!).

Hartson told Kicca: "Swansea have priced Ashley Williams at £25m. This is the club showing Crystal Palace and other teams they value their captain more than they value money.

"He is not just the club captain he's part of the furniture and will not be sold at any price. Ashley is going nowhere."

If true, the reports will provide a blow for Crystal Palace, who need a new centre-back this summer. There are alternative options for Alan Pardew, however, including his former defender at Newcastle United Fabricio Coloccini.

He has been linked with Olympiakos as well as Palace, though, according to the Shields Gazette, and time is running out for any new signing to bed in as the Premier League season draws nearer and nearer.

For Swansea fans, though, as Hartson states, this is a signal of intent and, hopefully, a stance they won't U-turn on.

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