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.
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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.