Everton are set to tell Ashley Williams he is free to leave and find a new club, reports Football Insider.

The 34-year-old, who is currently on loan at Championship side Stoke City, is out of contract at the end of the season and it looks as though his three-year stay at Goodison Park is set to end.

Williams joined the Toffees in August 2016 in a £12million deal from Swansea City after impressing in Wales’s run in the European Championships in France earlier in the year and went on to make 73 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside club, scoring three times.

The arrival of Marco Silva as manager at Everton signalled the end for the defender as he was pushed down the pecking order following the signings of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma and he was allowed to join Stoke on loan for the season.

The Wales captain, who featured in last month’s win over Slovakia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, has made 33 appearances for the bet365 Stadium side in what has been a difficult campaign for the Potteries as they have struggled to adapt to life in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last term.

Silva is looking to build a young team at Goodison Park and does not see Williams as part of his long-term vision for the club.

The Toffees defence has been built around Mina, Zouma, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane this season as they currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League on the back of three straight wins.

Everton face already relegated Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday before welcoming Manchester United to Goodison Park in their next home match on April 21.


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