Bristol City boss Lee Johnson provides transfer update on released Everton man Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams of Everton during the Pre-Season Friendly at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018 in Bury, England.

Ashley Williams was released by Everton this past summer and has been linked with Bristol City.

Lee Johnson, manager of Bristol City looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Bristol City at Craven Cottage on October 31, 2017 in London, England.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson says no deal has been completed for released Everton defender Ashley Williams despite the player travelling to watch City take on Derby County at Pride Park, Bristol Post report.

“The situation with Ashley is that there’s nothing definite. We’ve had him in and we’ve tested him. We’ve had a look at him and he’s had a look at us. Both have still got to make a decision,” Johnson explained.

“We haven’t gone into negotiations or anything like that. His body fat’s good. I said to him 'you’re not on trial but your hips are on trial'. After all the testing we’ve done we’ll just see where we are. We’re quite relaxed about it. We’ll see where we get to at the back end of the week."

 

Williams was released by Everton this summer, having spent last season on loan at Stoke City.

The defender spent three years at Everton since joining from Swansea City. But, now at 34, his fitness is on the wane and the Toffees seemingly feel he is no longer able to perform at Premier League level.

But Williams had a solid season at Stoke last term. He has proven he still has another year or two left in the Championship, and Bristol City could be a good fit the Wales international.

The Robins sold key centre-back Aaron Webster to Brighton and Hove Albion this summer, therefore manager Lee Johnson has a void to fill.

Nathan Baker and Taylor Moore have both started at centre-back for Bristol City this season, but neither were regulars last term whereas Williams would come with a heap of top level experience.

City defeated Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park, claiming their second successive league win.

Ashley Williams of Everton during the Pre-Season Friendly at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018 in Bury, England.

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