Manchester City, Arsenal set to battle for in-demand Premier League defender

Manchester City are set to go on a bidding battle with Arsenal to secure the services of West Bromwich Albion skipper Jonny Evans. The Northern Ireland international had been a target for the Premier League giants during the summer, but the Baggies managed to keep hold of his services.

According to The Express, the Citizens are planning to retain the experienced centre-back despite his former association with rivals Manchester United.

The 29-year-old has vastly improved on his game since his switch to the west Midlands, and City see him as a potential back-up option to Vincent Kompany, who has had persistent injury issues.

However, Arsenal are still on the hunt for the Northern Irishman with Arsene Wenger having courted an interest in his services since the summer of 2016.

£30m had been deemed as the threshold to tempt the Baggies into a sale in the summer, but they are likely to be reluctant against losing their captain midway through the season.

New Baggies coach Alan Pardew has already emphasised the importance of keeping hold of Evans with the club in a potential relegation dogfight owing to their struggles since the opening month of the season.

West Brom have not won a league game since the second game of the campaign, although their form has improved of late with three successive draws including one at Tottenham Hotspur.

 

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