Friday 20 April 2018

Jonny Evans holding talks with West Brom after fee agreed with Manchester United

Jonny Evans is set to move to West Brom from Manchester United
Jonny Evans is set to move to West Brom from Manchester United

West Brom have agreed a fee with Manchester United for defender Jonny Evans, Press Association Sport understands.

The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international will now hold talks with the Baggies ahead of ending his nine-year stay at Old Trafford.

A move was made for Evans after Tottenham centre-back Federico Fazio failed to agree a contract to move to The Hawthorns following a day of talks last week.

Press Association Sport understands the deal will cost the Baggies an initial £6million rising to £8million with add ons.

Tony Pulis confirmed his interest in the Northern Ireland international on Friday as he looks to bolster his defence.

He said: "Jonny would be a great signing for the football club but it's down to the money men and his side, it takes three parties, the player and the clubs. I'd love to sign Jonny Evans."

United boss Louis Van Gaal had planned to play Evans in a behind closed doors friendly against Ajax on Thursday but pulled him out of the line up when it became clear they were close to agreeing a deal for the 27-year-old.

Evans has made 196 appearances for United, scoring seven goals, since making his debut in 2007 after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford.

His move to The Hawthorns is likely to trigger Joleon Lescott's exit after a year with the Baggies with Aston Villa interested in the defender.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill spoke earlier this week of his surprise at Evans' lack of game-time for the Red Devils, feeling the six-match suspension incurred for spitting at Newcastle's Papiss Cisse in early March was a key factor.

"I am a bit surprised at how things have worked out for Jonny at United, because when I have seen him play under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal he has done well," O'Neill, speaking on Wednesday at his latest squad announcement, told t he Belfast Telegraph.

"Sometimes this situation happens when a new manager comes in because he is looking to bring in his own players.

"In my view Jonny has been unfortunate with injuries and the suspension last season didn't help him. I was at Newcastle that night and I thought he played really well and had the opportunity to get a run in the team. It didn't happen because of a six-match suspension, which I think was unlucky.

"For me, Jonny Evans is an excellent player who could play in a top-six team in the Premier League and do a good job for them.

"Jonny has known he would be in this type of situation since the end of last season and it hasn't changed since he went back to United in pre-season.

"He has spent most of his career at Manchester United and at his age, 27, this is a very important move for him."

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