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Manchester City and Arsenal ready January bids for summer defensive target – report

Manchester City will renew their interest in West Brom captain Jonny Evans in January but face competition from Arsenal, John Percy of the Telegraph reports.

Evans was one of Pep Guardiola’s summer targets and the Baggies rejected several bids for the player. There was still an expectation that the former Man United defender would arrive at the Etihad, if Eliaquim Mangala left the club – but the French international turned down several clubs, including Crystal Palace on deadline day.

With John Stones sidelined, City are depending heavily on the fitness of club captain Vincent Kompany in December, or else could face a defensive crisis. And in light of that, Guardiola is reportedly looking to add a new centre-back to his squad in January.

The Telegraph, like other recent reports, states that Iñigo Martínez of Real Sociedad is also on City’s radar, but West Brom are bracing themselves for a bid from the league leaders.

The Blues could face competition from Evans in the form of Arsenal, who were also keen to add the 29-year-old to their defensive ranks in the summer window. With Per Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season, the Gunners are ready to make a move if given any encouragement.

It is thought that new West Brom boss Alan Pardew may be willing to sacrifice Evans for a £30million fee to raise funds for new additions to his Baggies side.

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