Manchester City prepare fresh move to sign West Brom captain Jonny Evans – report

Manchester City are preparing a new move to sign West Brom skipper Jonny Evans, ESPN FC reports.

The 30-year-old has been a target for Pep Guardiola since last summer, when he almost joined the club before Eliaquim Mangala snubbed a deadline day move to Crystal Palace, forcing the Northern Ireland international to stay at West Brom.

With plenty of funds available after they withdrew from the Alexis Sanchez race last night, City are now set to bid for Evans, a former Manchester United player, and could probably land him for a fee of around £20million.

There remains the potential obstacle of rival interest from Arsenal, but Evans is known to prefer a stay in the northwest, where he lives, despite the likelihood that he’ll play fewer games at the Etihad than the Emirates.

During the same high-level meeting yesterday where a decision was made to end interest in Alexis Sanchez, Pep Guardiola is said to have reiterated the need for defensive cover with club captain Vincent Kompany still beset by injury problems.

West Brom travel to Manchester City on deadline day, and ESPN FC claims to have been told that it is almost certain Jonny Evans will have been sold by then – and may well line up against West Brom that day, rather than for them.

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