Rio Ferdinand reacts on Twitter to Ashley Williams to Everton transfer talk

Ashley Williams of Wales attends a press conference at Stade de Lyon

Ferdinand backs Williams to be a successful signing for Everton.

BT Sport's and former footballer Rio Ferdinand, who retired todayFormer footballer Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has given his opinion on Ashley Williams' potential move to Everton.

Williams continues to be strongly linked with leaving Swansea City for the Toffees, with The Mirror reporting there is potential progress on a deal.

Ashley Williams of Wales attends a press conference at Stade de LyonAshley Williams of Wales attends a press conference at Stade de Lyon

Ferdinand, a close pal of Williams, believes Everton are pulling off a masterstroke if they can complete a deal. 

Everton this morning sold John Stones to Manchester City, giving them extra funds to put towards Williams' transfer.

Williams impressed for Wales at Euro 2016 and with several seasons Premier League experience behind him, should take no time at all to settle in at Everton.

In the short term he could even outshine City's John Stones, who had a disappointing campaign for Everton last time out.

He is just the type of character Everton need to fill a void in their backline, and should be able to jump straight into their starting XI this weekend for their opening fixture against Tottenham if he is signed in time.

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