Arsenal 'hold talks with Ashley Williams's camp'

Arsenal 'hold Williams talks'
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Ashley Williams's representatives reportedly hold talks with Arsenal over a possible summer transfer from Swansea City.

Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Swansea City defender Ashley Williams by holding discussions with his representatives.

The Gunners are thought to be prepared to go head-to-head with Premier League rivals Liverpool for the centre-back, who has been highly praised for his performances in the top flight.

The Wales international's representatives arrived in the capital last week to hold talks with the North London outfit over a possible move for the 28-year-old, according to Goal.com.

Arsenal are believed to be hoping that they can clinch the £12m-rated defender ahead of Liverpool, who are searching for a replacement for the soon-to-be-retired Jamie Carragher.

Swansea's Ashley Williams in action on February 24, 2013
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