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Jonny Evans is in San Marino with the Northern Ireland team

Jonny Evans is in San Marino with the Northern Ireland team

Jonny Evans is in San Marino with the Northern Ireland team

Jonny Evans could still move in the transfer window's dying throes, despite being in San Marino with his Northern Ireland colleagues.

Time is running out for Evans' suitors Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester to persuade West Brom to part with their 29-year-old captain before 11pm and the situation has been complicated by the fact the centre-back is currently away on international duty.

The Northern Irish team departed for Rimini on Thursday morning ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino and, despite the speculation about his future, Evans was part of the 26-man travelling party.

Manager Michael O'Neill had admitted on Wednesday that he would assist where possible were any move to materialise and he admits that even at this late stage, a transfer could still be completed despite Evans not being in England.

"It's something that really I haven't given that much thought to," O'Neill said.

"Jonny was on the plane today (Thursday), whatever happens between now and the deadline is certainly not in my hands, it's in the hands of whatever club is trying to buy him and his current club West Bromwich Albion.

"It will be pretty much a paper exercise to be honest. It doesn't affect us really. I just hope for Jonny's sake whatever way it's resolved he can deal with whatever the situation is, which I've no doubt he will be able to, and when he goes on the pitch tomorrow night he's in a good place.

"Once he was on the plane, I suppose my concern was not as great because we knew at that time point in time it would pretty much happen with minimal disruption to ourselves."