Premier League defender eyeing Manchester City challenge

West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans is reportedly considering a move to Manchester City ahead of Arsenal owing to him being resided in the North-West of England. The Northern Irishman was on the radar of the Premier League duo in January but neither managed to influence the Baggies into a sale.

According to The Mirror, the 30-year-old is likely to pursue a new challenge away from west Midlands once the Baggies drop into the Championship. The Baggies are presently 10 points adrift of safety with just five matches left in the season and they are pretty much confined to relegation barring a miraculous run of some sort.

As per the publication, Evans would be available for a fee of £3m once the Baggies’ demotion is confirmed and this is likely to revive the transfer interest from both Arsenal and Manchester City during the off-season.

However, Evans is understood to have a particular preference for the Citizens because of him being settled in the North-West and this could emerge as a possible transfer blow for Arsene Wenger’s side.

The Gunners have been courting an interest in Evans since the summer of 2016 but it appears they may have to look elsewhere to bolster their central defence, should the Northern Irishman maintain his stance of not relocating.

Image – Getty