MANCHESTER CITY and Arsenal have big-spending Everton and West Ham breathing down their necks for West Brom’s Jonny Evans, according to reports.
The former Man United man was the subject of two bids from Pep Guardiola in the summer but both were batted away.
The 29-year-old has endured a miserable start to the season with the Baggies, including Tony Pulis’ shock sacking.
And new boss Alan Pardew might prefer to cash in on the Irishman and invest the funds elsewhere to stave off relegation.
When Pardew took over he revealed talks with star defender were top of his agenda.
He said: “‘I think the assurance I need is probably from Jonny more than anybody.
“He’s a fabulous player and very important for the club so I will have a good old discussion with him.”
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City are devastating in attack but still look fallible at the back and fitness still plagues Vincent Kompany while form evades Eliaquim Mangala.
Evans would clearly add much-needed steel and leadership to the Arsenal defence and Everton – despite great summer investment – need defensive reinforcements.
West Ham, the poorest of the four clubs, will have to wait and see how the window plays out before they know if they can swoop in with a surprise deal.