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Jonny Evans deserves interest from top clubs, insists Chris Brunt


Wanted man: Jonny Evans

Wanted man: Jonny Evans

Wanted man: Jonny Evans

Manchester City's interest in Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans has been met with bemusement by many commentators in England - but not so by those within his national team's set-up.

Evans' NI and West Brom team-mate Chris Brunt, for instance, reckons it's only natural that the centre-back is attracting interest from top clubs given his quality and experience.

The Baggies have rejected a bid from Manchester City for their 29-year-old captain, who graduated from the academy of their cross-city rivals Manchester United. And Brunt isn't one bit surprised.

"He's a great player," Brunt said.  "I know him better than most lads at the club, I've played with him for a long time and he's a good player.

"Naturally, teams are interested in good players. I suppose his experience plays a big part as well.  But it's between Jonny and the club. There's not really a lot anyone else can do about it. We'll just see how it goes."

Evans has sat out West Brom's first two Premier League games this term, with boss Tony Pulis insisting it is due to a nagging hamstring issue rather than anything transfer related.

His colleagues have coped just fine without him, though, having recorded back-to-back 1-0 victories to start their top-flight campaign and Brunt knows there is little West Brom, or any club can do, about interest in their best players.

"I'm sure it will run its course over the next couple of weeks," Brunt added of Evans' situation.

"The transfer window's open and Jonny's a good player. I suppose when you are playing well, it attracts interest from other teams. It's no different at any other club.

"Look, I'm sure whatever the outcome is, everyone will move on. Football is one of those games where you've got to move on quickly. Hopefully it will all get resolved and it will all die down. That's the way the transfer window is at the minute. There's not a lot we can do about it."