News today in GOAL that Newcastle are after Swansea defender Ashley Williams.
Ashley Williams – Newcastle interested?
The first thing that comes to mind is that if Newcastle sign the player – which is extremely unlikely – we’ll have a Williamson and a Williams in the back four for the Magpies – talk about confusion.
That would be even more true if Steven and Ryan Taylor are also playing the back four. 😀
And the report is saying Newcastle could be interested in Williams only as a possible replacement for Steven Taylor – in case the 24year-old local lad is sold by the Magpies this summer – which we think is extremely doubtful.
But Williams is a good player and was Swansea’s Player Of The Season and he was also named in the PFA Championship team of the Season. Ashley was named in central defense alongside Newcastle’s great Fabricio Coloccini. Ashley can also play at right back.
The 25 year-old Wolverhampton-born Welsh International center-back (20 caps), has so far played 97 times for the Welsh club with 6 goals. The lad stands 6 foot tall.
But if Newcastle have no transfer money to spend we suppose this is another dud story.
And it turns out the powerful Welsh International has played down suggestions linking him with a switch to a Premier League club this summer.
But since there is some confusion right now at Swansea City, with manager Paulo Sousa yet to sign a new deal with the Welsh club, the report suggests Newcastle may be able to take advantage of this.
Williams began his career at WBA but was released at 16 and joined Hednesford Town in Stafforshire in 2001, and played there 34 times before moving to Stockport County in 2003.
Ashley played 174 times with two goals for the Stockport club before moving to Swansea in March of 2008, for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £400K.
But if Newcastle have no money available to spend this summer, it’s hardly likely that this – or most other transfer stories over the summer that will cost real money- will be true.