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West Brom ready to sell Jonny Evans but Manchester City look instead to Van Dijk


By Jim Gracey

West Brom have signalled that they are ready to cash in on Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans should he fail to sign a new contract.

But a complication has already arisen with his chief admirers Manchester City now making Southampton's Virgil van Dijk their No1 defensive target in the January transfer window.

That leaves Everton and an outside chance of a return to his old club Manchester United as Evans' main options for a New Year move with West Brom prepared to make him their highest paid player ever on £100,000 a week, if he stays.

The Baggies rejected bids from Arsenal, Leicester and City for Evans in the summer and have been braced for more interest in next month's transfer window.

Club captain Evans (29) has 18 months left on his current contract after joining from United for £8million in 2015 and has been linked with a return to Old Trafford.

West Brom were looking for over £30million for the centre-back in the summer and this time may be tempted to sell if they cannot convince Evans to extend his stay, manager Alan Pardew last night hinted.

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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