West Brom manager Alan Pardew has admitted that star defender Jonny Evans will more than likely leave the club in January.
The 29-year-old was the subject of bids from both Man City and Arsenal in the summer, and both clubs are expected to rekindle their interest in January, as they look to add defensive reinforcements to their squads.
Pardew said :
“I think you have to be realistic in these situations. Jonny is a top player, other clubs were interested in him in the summer. We know that and he knows that, we have to be intelligent and straightforward dealing with it.
“He is under contract for West Brom. He knows he can have those conversations (about a new deal) with us. We will give him the deal we can possibly go to on the financial side and length of contract, but that might not be the whole thing with Jonny.
Evans joined West Brom in 2015, and has been one of the Premier Leagues most accomplished centre-backs over the last couple of seasons.
Jose Mourinho, is also said to be interested in taking the Northern Ireland international back to Old Trafford. Evans certainly fits the bill in terms of the type of ball playing centre-back United need and with the defenders father and wife having both been previously employed by the Red Devils there would definitely be no problems with him settling in at the club.
There is little doubt that a player Alex Ferguson once sold Gerard Pique to accommodate, is good enough to play for a Champions League club, so whichever team wins the race for his signature will be getting a top player.