JONNY EVANS is at the centre of a tug-of-war between Manchester City and Everton.
West Brom will sell their skipper and both Pep Guardiola and the managerless Toffees want him to prop up their defence — with the price set to be huge when the transfer window opens.
Rex Features West Brom skipper Jonny Evans seems certain to head back to the North West after making his name with Manchester United
The Baggies scared off City last time by asking £35million for the Northern Ireland centre-back.
They are still keen despite their successful start but may only come in with a lower offer as they now have other options.
However Everton — even minus a boss — are firmly in the race and will look for Evans to join their struggling back line, with owner Farhad Moshiri willing to spend his way out of trouble.
It may come down to where Evans wants to go — heading back to Manchester to fight for a game in Guardiola’s high-fliers or a cert start with the lowly Merseysiders.
Rex Features Jonny Evans has maintained his reputation as one of the most consistent central defenders in the Premier League after joining West Brom Rex Features Ex-Utd defender Jonny Evans is now being linked with Everton as well as City
Either way Tony Pulis is bracing himself for the exit after fighting hard to keep Evans at the start of the season.
His campaign has been troubled by injury and the Baggies may accept the big money rather than battle to hold on to him again.
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Meanwhile, Everton are checking on Preston’s young left-back Josh Earl as they look for Leighton Baines’ long-term replacement.
Top spy Steve Walsh watched Earl against Brentford last week, although the chase has been slowed down a bit after the 6ft 5in prospect damaged knee ligaments in the following game against Aston Villa.
Getty Images – Getty Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been keen to sign a top British defender like Jonny Evans as he is short of experience at centre-back PA:Press Association Jonny Evans spent most of his career at Old Trafford but is now WBA captain Full Sunday Premier League preview including Man City v Arsenal and Chelsea v Man Utd PA:Press Association Jonny Evans has the experience and pedigree to attract Man City and Everton