Report: Koeman wants Ashley Williams for two reasons, isn't concerned about his age

Wales' Ashley Williams

Everton are continuing their pursuit of Swansea City defender Ashley Williams.

Wales' Ashley WilliamsWales' Ashley Williams

According to The Mirror, Ronald Koeman sees Ashley Williams' leadership and passing ability as vital to his plans to rebuild the Everton defence.

Toffees manager Koeman was a defender during his playing days, and he arrives at Goodison Park with Everton coming off a terrible season defensively, with only the bottom five teams conceding more goals than Everton in the Premier League last season.

Swansea's Ashley Williams looks dejectedSwansea's Ashley Williams looks dejected

Still, John Stones is attracting interest, and Koeman appears to have set his sights on a centre back to possibly replace Stones in Ashley Williams - but given Everton's problems at the back, he may well move for the Swansea star regardless of Stones' future.

The Mirror report that, whilst Swansea have rejected Everton's opening bid of £10m for star centre back Williams, Koeman is still desperate to land the Welshman before this month's transfer deadline.

Swansea's Ashley Williams celebrates scoring their first goalSwansea's Ashley Williams celebrates scoring

Williams, who joined Swansea from Stockport back in 2008, and has racked up more than 350 appearances for the club whilst becoming one of the most dependable central defenders in the Premier League.

The report claims that Williams has two attributes that make him a top target for Koeman, as it's believed that the Everton boss sees Williams' leadership and passing ability as key for how he wants to re-shape his defence this summer.

Ashley Williams celebrates scoring the second goal for Swansea CityAshley Williams celebrates scoring for Swansea City

Koeman had a wily veteran in his defence at Southampton in Jose Fonte, and whilst he does have Phil Jagielka at Everton already, Williams appears to be the ideal choice for Koeman - and despite the fact that he turns 32 later this month, the Dutchman is believed to have no concerns about Williams' age.

Swansea may have stood firm after Everton's first bid, but with Koeman still pursuing Williams, we may well see the Toffees make an improved offer to try and finally land the man Koeman wants to spearhead his defence at Goodison Park.

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