Swansea have tabled a new contract offer to Ashley Williams in a bid to ward off Sunderland’s interest in the centre-back – but the Black Cats are likely to improve their offer this week.
The Journal understands a new bid for Williams is likely to be offered in the next seven days, the Black Cats are set to bid around £4.5million in a bid to tempt Swansea to part with a player who has just a year left on his deal. He is the “statement signing” the Black Cats believe will push them on to the next level, but they will face serious resistance from Swansea, who believe the player can be tempted to stay in South Wales.
The Welsh club’s key staff were on holiday last week but most have returned and they have been in contact with Williams’ camp in a bid to try and persuade him to pledge his future to Garry Monk’s side.
Sunderland were waiting for the Swans’ hierarchy to return before making another offer but they intend to pursue their interest in a player who is pondering a fresh start this summer.
There is also interest from Hull and QPR.
Meanwhile, midfielder Liam Bridcutt insists he is desperate to make the most of a fresh chance to impress next season.
The former Brighton man had an up-and-down time of it after signing for Sunderland but he has vowed to improve on a “stop-start” beginning to his Black Cats career.
He said: “With a lot of players out of contract this summer, you expect there is going to be a lot of people coming in and out of the club over the summer and I am looking forward to it.
“I am looking forward to next season so I can get a fresh start and go again.
“Last season, my season was stop and go, I was injured, I was left out of the side before the transfer and then I had to step up a level and come into a struggling side.
“As well as that, a lot happened off the pitch with my family soon after I arrived. So I’m looking forward to pre-season.”
Sunderland were linked with moves for Victor Moses and Robert Snodgrass yesterday.