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West Brom set to make a move for Manchester United star Jonny Evans

Pulis plans to take Jonny out of Old Trafford

By Steven Beacom

West Bromwich Albion will make their move this week to sign Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans from Manchester United.

The Baggies are planning to bid £8million for the defender and if successful will take their Northern Ireland contingent to THREE with Evans joining Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt at the Hawthorns.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed in March that Evans would be leaving Old Trafford in the summer and since then Premier League sides Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Sunderland, Stoke and West Brom have shown an interest in the 27-year-old.

He would prefer a switch to Everton, but it is WBA who are pressing to snap him up with boss Tony Pulis concerned by his team's defending this season.

Evans has not played all season for United.

That is a concern for Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill who needs his players to be match ready for next month's crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary.

O'Neill and the fans, though, will have been boosted by the news that frontline striker and scorer of five goals in the campaign so far, Kyle Lafferty, returned to first-team training with Norwich City yesterday.

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