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Instead, Williams was keen to explore a new challenge and informed Swansea's decision-makers that he wanted to take up Ronald Koeman's offer to discuss a four-year deal.There had been strong suggestions at the end of last season Swansea had – somewhat surprisingly – been open to the idea of selling Williams should a big enough offer arrive for the centre-back.At the same time, the player showed signs of frustrations during a turbulent campaign dogged by managerial uncertainty last season.And with Everton tabling their £10m offer after his return from the Euros, Williams had been tempted by the possibility of a move to Merseyside and a fresh start.
Williams is thought to have completed the formalities on the transfer to Goodison that ends something of an era at the Swans.
But it only came after final discussions between Swansea hierarchy and the player that at one stage seemed to suggest the Wales Euro 2016 star could have stayed a Swan.
Instead, Williams looks set to now start the season as an Everton player with Swansea accepting the improved offer made by Ronald Koeman's side.
It is thought it was Williams who ultimately opted to make a break after deciding he could not turn down what would have been his last chance to experience life in the top-flight away from the Liberty Stadium.
And the club in turn looked to honour a promise made to one of their longest serving players to not stand in his way in such a situation.
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While the 31-year-old – who had two years left on his existing deal – will be expected to receive a pay hike in the contract he will sign on Merseyside, money is not thought to have been a clinching factor in the move.