- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

LONDON (AP) - Everton has moved quickly to replace center back John Stones by signing Wales captain Ashley Williams from Swansea.

Everton announced the arrival of Williams on Wednesday, with the 31-year-old defender signing a three-year deal to end his eight-year spell at Swansea.

Stones left Everton to join Manchester City for 47.5 million pounds ($62 million) on Tuesday.

Williams said he was looking forward to playing under Everton manager Ronald Koeman, describing the Dutchman as “a world legend in football” and “one of the greatest centre halves to ever play the game.”

Koeman said Everton “wanted to bring in a strong player in the central defense position, a player who knows the Premier League and Ashley fits the bill for us very well.”

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