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Swansea City move closer to signing Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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Rhys Williams of Middlesbrough

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SWANSEA City are believed to making good progress in their bid to sign Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams.

Boro have so far given little away over Williams's situation, with chief executive Neil Bausor claiming last night the utility man is still "very much an MFC player".

But it is thought Swansea could complete a deal for the Australian international this week.

The Evening Post revealed on Saturday that Swansea are keen on Williams, who is capable of playing in central defence or at the base of midfield.

And though neither club has confirmed officially that talks are taking place, Swansea are understood to be in negotiations over a transfer which will be worth around £1.5 million.

But Boro boss Aitor Karanka insisted he knew nothing about Williams's possible departure when asked over the weekend.

The 25-year-old started at the heart of defence as the Riverside club beat Charlton 1-0 on Saturday.

Asked about the Williams-Swansea link, Karanka said: "I don't know anything about that.

"Rhys is a player who, when he concentrates 100 per cent, is a very, very good and I'm happy with him here."

Williams is one of the top earners at Boro, and struggled for his best form for much of 2013.

If they sell, Boro could use the money to reinvest elsewhere in Karanka's squad.

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  • moggs  |  January 20 2014, 5:15PM

    With a name like Rhys Williams,coupled with his ancestry,surely he has to be Welsh,regardless of where he was born. Will he be a worthwhile addition? We shall see,that's if he signs.It all seems to be taking so long. Look at the Ince Saga? Lezz,The Swans' are now flirting with relegation,so "trying to sign better than a run of the mill Championship defender" may now be more difficult.

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  • Lezz_T  |  January 20 2014, 1:08PM

    We should be trying to sign better than a run of the mill Championship defender.

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  • abercanaid  |  January 20 2014, 12:15PM

    Yes Dai another foreigner who turned down Wales to play for Australia.

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 20 2014, 11:56AM

    Dai_Chotomy he's a bit of everything really. He was born in Australia, his mother was born in India and his father was born in England. His grandfather though was born her in Wales and his fathers before him. So following his male DNA line he's as Welsh as me and you

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  January 20 2014, 10:44AM

    Well, I suppose he does have a Welsh name. But at the end of the day he is another foreigner.

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