Ashley Williams Reds top target this summer

Swansea captain Ashley Williams is Liverpool’s top target to provide defensive reinforcements this summer, according to reports this week.


Williams, 28, would be following in the footsteps of manager Brendan Rodgers and midfielder Joe Allen in moving north from the Welsh club.

Numerous reports, the latest being The Daily Mail, have suggested Williams is Rodgers’ top target to bring in much-needed strength and organisation to the centre back positions this summer, with Jamie Carragher retiring, Sebastian Coates out of favour and Martin Skrtel linked with a move away.

Arsenal are also reported to be interested in the Welsh defender, who led his side to League Cup success this season.

Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush told The Liverpool Echo yesterday that he thinks Williams would be an ideal signing, bringing with him experience and organisation skills.

Rush said of his fellow Welshman “I’ve seen him play for Wales on a number of occasions and he is organised and a good captain.

“He knows what he is doing and the link to Liverpool is natural because Brendan Rodgers managed him at Swansea.

“At the right price Swansea would let him go although that they are in Europe next season may have a bearing on his decision.

“But he would be good for Liverpool with his experience.”

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