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Jonny Evans transfer 'unlikely' while NI forward set for Millwall move: Northern Ireland transfer rumours

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans is unlikely to move to Arsenal this month while forward Jamie Ward is edging closer to a loan move to Millwall, according to reports.

As we said yesterday in our transfer round-up of all the rumours surrounding our international stars, Evans' chances of securing a move away from West Bromwich Albion were hit by Manchester City's impending transfer of defender Aymeric Laporte and Arsenal's move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Now the Daily Star have reported that it is 'unlikely' the Gunners will move for the 30-year-old centre-back this month, with the transfer window closing tomorrow (Wednesday). The chances of a move appear even more remote given that West Brom have managed to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan. Boss Alan Pardew had been keen to bring in an attacker but a loan signing ends any possible requirement of quick cash for a transfer fee.

Meanwhile, Jamie Ward looks set to move on loan after being made available by new Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka.

Millwall are, according to the Nottingham Post, the front-runners to land the 31-year-old's signature with talks expected to take place between the two parties today. There are, however, other interested clubs ready to swoop.

Ward would, of course, link-up with Northern Ireland team-mates Conor McLaughlin, George Saville and Shane Ferguson if he were to move to The Den.

And Kyle Lafferty is set to stay in Edinburgh, according to Hearts manager Craig Levein. The Northern Ireland forward had been linked with a move abroad but, as he had done with rumours a transfer to Sunderland days earlier, the Tynecastle coach says the striker is staying put unless something unforeseen happens in the closing hours of the window.

“Unless somebody comes in with an offer that we can’t refuse, which is the same for every other player on the books," he told the Herald.

"We have lost Isma (Goncalves) and we have released Cole (Stockton) so we are toiling for strikers.

“I’m trying to get one in so I’m not in a hurry to get one out. I had heard the rumour but I haven’t heard a thing from anyone about Sunderland.”

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