Wednesday 17 October 2018

City and Arsenal weigh up bid for Baggies skipper Evans


West Brom's Jonny Evans. Photo: Reuters
West Brom's Jonny Evans. Photo: Reuters

John Percy

Arsenal and Manchester City are set to move for West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans in January, with Albion considering whether to cash in to raise funds for new head coach Alan Pardew.

City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to add a new centre-half and failed in a bid to sign Evans in the summer. The absence of John Stones with a hamstring injury has heightened City's need for defensive additions.

It is understood Arsenal also made a move for Evans a few days before the deadline, with an offer of around £25 million rejected.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is seriously considering turning to Danny Welbeck rather than Olivier Giroud for the visit of Manchester United tomorrow despite the France striker's two goals on Wednesday night and the absence of Alexandre Lacazette with a groin injury. Welbeck's extra movement in the main striker's position could stretch his former club's defence.

© Daily Telegraph, London

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