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Two clubs make contact with West Brom over Jonny Evans transfer: reports

Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans is a wanted man and any potential move away from West Brom may have moved a step closer.

That's after the BBC reported that both Arsenal and Manchester City have made contact with the Hawthorns club over a transfer for the 30-year-old centre-back.

The report claims that Arsenal may have an advantage in the chase for Evans' signature as West Brom are believed to be interested in bringing Gunners full-back Mathieu Debuchy in the opposite direction. The BBC claim Arsene Wenger is ready to ask for permission to make a £25 million move for the Northern Ireland star, while City are keen to bring in cover for injury-hit captain Vincent Kompany.

Albion captain Evans has 18-months left on his current contract after joining the Baggies from Manchester United for a fee rising to £8million in 2015. He has also been linked with a return to Old Trafford.

Both City and Arsenal were said to have bid for the player during the summer. Evans is thought to favour a move back to the north west of England, where his family are based.

Last month, West Brom boss Alan Pardew said: "I think you have to be realistic in these situations. Jonny is a top player, other clubs were interested in him in the summer. We know that and he knows that, we have to be intelligent and straightforward dealing with it.

"He is under contract for West Brom. He knows he can have those conversations (about a new deal) with us. We will give him the deal we can possibly go to on the financial side and length of contract, but that might not be the whole thing with Jonny."

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