Manchester City are hopeful that they can strengthen their defensive options, with West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans reportedly at the top of their shortlist. They’ve made a £25m bid for the 29-year-old.
Evans, formerly at City’s local rivals Manchester United, could join a small group of players who have featured for both City and United if a deal can be agreed between the two parties.
Tony Pulis understands that Evans would be open to a move and as a result, will not stand in his way should he make intentions clear that he’d like to leave. However, they would ideally want to sign a replacement beforehand – Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has been linked and they are keen to earn as much as possible from a potential transfer fee.
A £10m offer from Leicester was rejected, while City’s initial bid of £18m was also rebuffed.
John Stones, Nicolas Otámendi and Vincent Kompany are Pep Guardiola’s senior options, with Eliaquim Mangala not in Pep’s first-team plans. Tosin Adarabioyo could possibly feature in the Cup competitions if defensive cover is short, though they’ve got plenty of competitions and not enough squad depth at centre-back to fulfil the Spaniard with plenty of confidence ahead of another strenuous campaign.
Evans has valuable top-flight experience, as well as in Europe – having made almost 200 appearances at United, while winning three Premier League titles in the process. It was a surprise for some to see Louis van Gaal make him surplus to requirements two years ago, before he joined the Baggies for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2015.
Pulis appointed Evans their captain after Darren Fletcher’s move to Stoke earlier this window, and unless interested clubs match West Brom’s valuation, Evans is likely to remain in the Midlands beyond deadline day.