Manchester City identify West Brom's Jonny Evans as possible target

Pep Guardiola wants to add to his central defensive options after deciding to play a back-three

Pep Guardiola wants to add to his central defensive options after deciding to play a back-three

City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed last month that he was hoping to have a bigger pool of centre-halves to choose from and Northern Ireland worldwide Evans is high on his list.

Manchester City are in talks with West Brom in an effort to reach an agreement to sign former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

Pep Guardiola is looking for an extra centre-back after allowing Aleksandar Kolarov to join Roma in the summer and with Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer reportedly surplus to requirements.

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However, with the financial power City possess, it very likely that another offer will be presented to West Brom for consideration even though the club has publicly stated Evans is not for sale. Jonny will be our captain next season.

Evans made 198 appearances for Manchester United during his time at Old Trafford.

Last month Tony Pulis, the West Brom manager, claimed Evans would not be sold and pointed to how he was now the captain following Darren Fletcher's move to Stoke City. "Reads the game so well, never gives ball away, great addition to squad and well respected in the dressing room".

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Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi started for City during their 2-0 victory over Premier League newcomers Brighton in their opening fixture of the season and it's understood that Guardiola is eager to bolster his defensive options in the system he aims to employ during his sophomore season at the Etihad.

There had been speculation earlier in the summer that Evans could be set for a move to Leicester City.

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