Sunderland must up their bid if they are to sign Ashley Williams from Swansea City

WAITING GAME ... Ashley Williams, right.
WAITING GAME ... Ashley Williams, right.

SUNDERLAND are reported to have tested the water with a £4million bid for Swansea and Wales defender Ashley Williams.

The 29-year-old is understood to be a player Gus Poyet has identified as being vital to rebuilding his squad after last season’s relegation battle.

Williams has excellent leadership skills, having guided Swansea to the Capital One Cup a year ago, as well as being a key part of their rise to the Premier League.

Sunderland have acted swiftly in a bid to snap up Williams and tempt Swansea with a reasonable bid for a player they could lose on a free next summer.

The centre-half has just 12 months left on his contract, and Swansea need to decide whether to cash in on him now.