Despite claims of an imminent deal, Bristol City boss Lee Johnson said on Wednesday morning that “nothing is definite” regarding a proposed deal for defender Ashley Williams.

After being pictured at Pride Park in a Bristol City tracksuit for the Robins’ 2-1 win on Tuesday night, a deal which would see Ashley Williams join Bristol City had seemed imminent. Reports claimed a deal was on the verge of completion.

However, speaking to Bristol Live has said that the club are remaining relaxed over a deal, with no proposed deal definite yet.

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“The situation with Ashley is that there’s nothing definite. We’ve had him in and we’ve tested him.  We’ve had a look at him and he’s had a look at us. Both have got to make a decision. We haven’t gone into negotiations or anything like that. His body fat’s good.

“I said to him you’re not on trial but your hips are on trial. After all the testing we’ve done we’ll just see where we are. We’re quite relaxed about it. We’ll see where we get to at the back end of the week.”

The 34-year-old comes with plenty of experience, making over 600 career appearances in all competitions since emerging through the youth academy with Hednesford Town. Williams joined Stockport County in 2003, where he went on to play 165 games, helping them into the football league.

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In January 2008, the defender made the move to Swansea City, where ended up staying for eight years, making a massive 352 appearances for the club before moving to Everton in 2016. Williams played 73 games for the Toffees until his release. He spent last season on loan in the Championship with Stoke City, playing 37 times for the club across all competitions, scoring one goal and assisting one goal.


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