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Manchester United are to up ante in pursuit of Everton defender Seamus Coleman

By Stuart McKinley

Manchester United are to up the ante in their pursuit of Everton defender Seamus Coleman by offering Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans in return.

Evans doesn't figure in United boss Louis van Gaal's long-term plans and Everton are keen to offer him regular Premier League football, making that particular part of the deal mutually acceptable.

The stumbling block however is that Everton remain adamant that Coleman is not for sale.

United are ready to test their resolve by insisting that if they want Evans then the deal must include the Republic of Ireland right-back.

If Toffees boss Roberto Martinez says no to the swap deal then he risks missing out on Evans, with Aston Villa, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur also keeping an eye on the player's situation at Old Trafford.

Evans has 12 months left on his contract at United and while fellow defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been given new deals, the fact that nothing has been put on the table for the 27-year-old is a big indication that his Reds Devils career is nearing its end.

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