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Reports: West Brom to offer Jonny Evans club record deal as Leicester prepare second bid

West Bromwich Albion will pull out all the stops to keep Jonny Evans as Leicester ready a second bid, according to reports.

Albion are ready to offer the Northern Ireland centre-back a four year £20 million contract and make him their first ever £100,000 per week player, according to the Daily Star.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, have said that Leicester are considering making a £15 million offer, after their initial £10 million bid was rejected by Albion last week.

Leicester have already signed English centre-half Harry Maguire from Hull City but boss Craig Shakespeare is keen to further bolster his back-line with senior defensive duo Wes Morgan and Robeth Huth a combined age of 65.

Evans, of course, is part of a Northern Irish trio at West Brom with Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley also at the club. That link-up has previously been praised by international boss Michael O'Neill and it's one that McAuley doesn't want to lose.

In fact, he thinks Leicester's advances will be rebuffed as Evans become a focal-point of his West Brom side.

"Jonny's been linked but I don't think they will sell," he said in the Leicester Mercury. "They will be looking to build a team around him."

Evans joined West Brom from Manchester United in 2015 and has made 60 Premier League starts for the club.

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