Manchester City bid £18 million for West Brom’s Jonny Evans


Manchester City have seen their efforts to sign West Brom captain Jonny Evans rejected from the West Midlands club.

The Citizens offered £18 million for the Northern Ireland international, who is most known for his 11-year association with Manchester United.

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Jonny Evans is a youth product of Manchester City’s fierce rivals, Manchester United, and made almost 200 appearances for The Red Devils before leaving for West Brom in 2015. He is a four-time Premier League winner, three-time League Cup winner, FIFA World Club Cup winner and UEFA Champions League winner from his Manchester United days.

Manchester City will require the services of another centre-half should they continue with a back-three, as deployed in their opening day victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, especially with Vincent Kompany’s constant injury issues over the past two seasons.

Additionally, Jonny Evans is a composed, ball-playing centre-half – exactly the kind of defenders Pep Guardiola wants.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has other ideas, though, ruling out a move for Evans last month when he was named captain of the club.

“Jonny Evans is staying with West Brom – there is no doubt about that,” said Tony Pulis.

“Jonny will be our captain next season. He had a fantastic year last season and I’m hoping he steps up now, he’s not had the responsibility before – to be a captain around the club.”

West Brom recently bolstered their squad with the signing of Premier League veteran and former England midfielder Gareth Barry.


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