Jonny Evans: Man City interested in West Brom captain

Posted August 18, 2017

Few would have predicted Manchester City making a move for West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans this summer.

"He's 29 years of age, and ready to go straight on the team", said Given, who made 69 appearances for City over the course of three seasons.

Pep Guardiola has been in the market for an experienced, strong defender all summer, but has seen attempts to sign Virgil van Dijk and Leonardo Bonucci hit the buffers.

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Evans spent nine seasons with City's bitter rivals Manchester United earlier in his career but Given insists he isn't surprised Guardiola has attempted to sign the Northern Ireland worldwide.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis has previously insisted Evans would remain at the Hawthorns for next season, but cast doubt on that at the weekend by intimating he was not entirely convinced about the defender's injury, which kept him out of Saturday's 1-0 win against Bournemouth.

The BBC surprisingly reported on Wednesday (16 August) that Manchester City had seen their own £18m bid for his services rejected after a fortnight of talks as Pep Guardiola seeks to add a centre-back to his squad before this month's transfer deadline.

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The Spaniard is thought to be keen on a deal for the centre-back, but faces fierce competition for places with opposite number Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones to contend with at the Etihad this term.

Evans won three Premier League titles at City's crosstown rivals United, having been a youth player there before finally leaving for West Brom in 2015. There is no way I would have allowed Jonny Evans to leave this football club.

Eliaquim Mangala is not in favour at City, and has been linked with Inter Milan.

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