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Manchester City hold talks with West Brom over £20m Jonny Evans deal – reports

Manchester City have held further talks with West Brom about a deal for club captain Jonny Evans, according to reports in both The Times and Daily Mail.

Evans, who turned 30 this month, has been a target for Pep Guardiola since the summer, and with a centre-back on the agenda this month, City are again exploring the possibility of bringing in the former Manchester United player.

The Northern Ireland international could be signed for around £20million, with West Brom hoping to capitalise on the interest of several clubs by extracting £25million from the eventual buyer.

City have been joined by Arsenal in the race for Evans, but The Times reveals that his former club, Manchester United, have asked to be kept informed about developments.

Everton and West Ham are also monitoring the situation, but Evans might only seriously consider them if City, United and Arsenal fail to make bids.

Paul Hirst of The Times reports that City hope to sign two new centre-backs in the next six months, and are likely to renew their interest in Real Sociedad defender Iñigo Martínez in the summer.

Martínez, who has an affordable release clause of £28million, has been mooted as a possible signing this month, but Evans seems to be the primary target and Martínez has suffered an injury that could keep him out for a number of weeks.

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