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.
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.