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Jonny Evans 'itching to play' as he stays at West Brom despite medical

Jonny Evans is glad to put speculation over his future behind him, according to his international manager Michael O'Neill.

Evans started Northern Ireland's 3-0 win over San Marino on Friday evening, just a day after the transfer window closed with him still a West Brom player.

The Belfast Telegraph understands Evans undertook a medical on Wednesday and was ready to sign forms for a club, believed to be Manchester City, at Northern Ireland’s team hotel in San Marino last night.

However even though City, Arsenal and Leicester made bids in the region of £25m during the last two weeks, they failed to match the £30m the Baggies are believed to have demanded.

Leicester were first to drop out of the chase to buy Evans followed by Arsenal yesterday afternoon.

City needed Eliaquim Mangala to complete his transfer to Crystal Palace, but when that failed to happen Pep Guardiola ended his interest in the 29-year old former Manchester United man.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said Evans was just pleased to get back onto the pitch.

"He's very ready. He has trained well this week," O'Neill told Sky Sports before the game in San Marino. "The whole speculation has now gone away which he is relieved about and he was in good form this morning. He's been itching to play since the start of the season but he's had to nurse his injury a little bit. Now he's had a good week's training and he's ready to play."

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