Liverpool and three other top Premier League clubs linked with Jonny Evans as Northern Ireland defender set for West Brom talks
Jonny Evans could be the subject of a January tug-of-war, depending on the progress of showdown talks with his new manager at West Bromwich Albion.
The Northern Ireland defender was in the summer the subject of interest from both Manchester City and Arsenal but now fellow title-chasers Liverpool have been added to the list of reported suitors, along with their Merseyside rivals Everton.
Evans, according to the Express, will hold talks with new West Brom boss Alan Pardew, who is 'likely' to offer the 29-year-old an extension to his current deal, which expires in 18 months.
“I think the assurance I need is probably from Jonny more than anybody," said Pardew. “He’s a fabulous player and very important for the club so I will have a good old discussion with him. I know from my experience at Newcastle you can lose key players in January, you need to be on your guard to replace them.”
Depending on the progress of those talks, City, who failed with bids to land Evans in the summer, could be triggered to try again while the Express also say that Arsenal's long-standing interest still stands and Liverpool could even be tempted to move for the NI international if they fail to land primary targets, thought to include Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk.
ESPN have also added Everton to the lengthening list of interested parties, citing sources close to the Goodison Park club who recently named Sam Allardyce as their new manager.
Betstars have ranked Arsenal as 15/8 favourites to sign Evans with Manchester City at 5/2, Leicester at 5/1 and Everton 6/1.
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