SUNDERLAND target Ashley Williams has been offered a new contract by Swansea, according to reports in Wales.
The Black Cats saw a bid of around £4million rejected by Swansea earlier this month, as Gus Poyet looks to reinforce his central defensive ranks.
Williams only has a year remaining on his contract at the Liberty Stadium and the Swansea skipper is thought to be giving serious consideration to his future, with QPR and Hull also interested in the 29-year-old.
Reports in South Wales today suggest that Williams has been offered a hefty new deal to remain at Swansea.
Crucially though, Williams has not yet accepted the fresh contract and that will give Sunderland hope that they can land one of their main targets this summer.
Poyet is eager to land a new centre-half, with Carlos Cuellar released at the end of last season and French pair Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite both considered surplus to requirements.
And with veterans John O’Shea and Wes Brown both in the final 12 months of their contracts too, Williams is seen as the ideal candidate to reinforce Sunderland’s defence.