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Jonny Evans expected to choose Manchester United over Arsenal and City: reports

Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans is 'likely' to choose Manchester United if he leaves West Brom in January, according to the latest rumours.

The Northern Ireland defender has been linked with a move back to Old Trafford, as well as to United's rivals Manchester City and Arsenal.

City and the Gunners were both understood to be interested in the 29-year-old last summer but any bids were lower than West Brom's reported £30 million valuation.

The Mirror have claimed that Jose Mourinho is keen on restoring the Northern Ireland defender's spot in the United squad and reckons Louis Van Gaal made a big gaffe when he let the cenre-half leave the club in 2015. And now the Times, via the Express, say the defender is more likely to move back to his old club than to either City or Arsenal.

The Express and Star, meanwhile, have claimed that West Brom are tabling a new contract worth in the region of £100,000-a-week to keep Evans at the Hawthorns. His current deal runs out in 18 months.

Earlier this month, WBA boss Alan Pardew admitted that he could be set to lose his captain as the club are embroiled in a battle to stave off relegation.

"I'm never confident when you've got great players because other clubs want great players, so your best players are always vulnerable," he said.

"Jonny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain. Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.

"There was interest in him in the summer so it makes sense to stir it up. They are good headlines for the media. I understand that, we deal with it and Jonny has dealt with it in his own way. He was terrific for me."

Belfast Telegraph