SWANSEA City have made it clear that Sunderland target Ashley Williams is not for sale, according to the defender’s agent.
Williams is at the top of Sunderland’s shopping list this summer as Gus Poyet looks to boost his central defensive options with both John O’Shea and Wes Brown in the final 12 months of their contracts.
The Black Cats have already seen a £4million bid rejected for Williams, who has only a year remaining on his contract at the Liberty Stadium.
That has not dissuaded Sunderland who are ready to persist in their pursuit of the 29-year-old.
But Swansea still hope to tie down their captain to a new contract and Williams’ agent, Jamie Moralee, believes there is no mistaking their intentions.
“At the moment there have been some bids coming in. Swansea have rejected those because they think Ash is important — everyone’s clear on that,” said Moralee.
“Swansea are very clear that Ashley is not for sale. Whatever offer comes in, he is not going to be sold.
“That’s the option they’ve got and we’re comfortable with that. We respect that because he’s their player, he’s under contract.
“We’ve got to the point where they don’t want to take an offer so hopefully we can sign the right contract at Swansea — that would be Ash’s ideal scenario.
“Ash is very professional and he will continue to give Swansea everything he has.”
He added: “Sunderland have made it clear that they will just keep bidding and bidding. They want the player and I understand that.
“There are two or three other clubs that are monitoring Ash’s situation, but different clubs operate in different ways.
“Sunderland are trying to get their business done early, while others prefer to wait. It’s too early for a big decision, but the transfer window has only just opened.
“Hopefully things will move along in the next week or so.”
A contract offer from Swansea remains on the table for Williams to extend his six-year stay at the club.
But Williams has not ruled out leaving this summer either or moving on a Bosman in 12 months time.
“It’s like that in football, sometimes things take a little while to happen,” said Moralee.
“Ash is quite relaxed about things, we’re happy to wait to sort things out.
“All three options are still there. Ash could sign a new contract, he could leave for nothing in a few months time or Swansea could take the money and everyone could part ways.
“But Swansea have said he’s not for sale so that narrows things down.
“I’d like to think that Swansea do not just want to let Ash walk away for nothing. But there is a danger that could happen.
“If Ashley signs another contract at Swansea he will probably end his career there. I’d like to think we can reach an agreement because that is Ash’s preferred option.
“Ash is back in training now, he will talk to the manager and chairman and we’ll be having talks at management level.”