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Manchester United to fight Premier League rivals for Jonny Evans as Mourinho wants Northern Ireland star back: transfer rumours

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Jonny Evans as they look to bring him back to Old Trafford, according to reports.

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. The report also claims that Manchester City and Arsenal are both readying bids for the 29-year-old.

The Telegraph report that West Brom are ready to make Evans the best-paid player in the club's history to encourage him to stay at the Hawthorns. They say that new boss Alan Pardew has recommended the increased wage offer for the man that the club are said to value at around £30 million. Their hopes of actually enticing the player to increase his stay beyond his current deal, which runs out in 18 months, are reported to be remote. The Telegraph even claim that Burnley's Ben Mee has been lined up as a potential replacement.

Earlier this month, 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."

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