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West Brom ready to sell rather than risk losing Jonny Evans for just £3m


By Graham Luney

West Brom look certain to sell Jonny Evans this month after it emerged they risk losing their captain for £3m if they fail to stay in the Premier League.

The Northern Ireland international has attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester City with Pep Guardiola prepared to bid £23m for the centre-back.

He still has 18 months of his present deal remaining and has told West Brom he has no wish to sign another.

There is a clause in the 30-year-old's contract that means he can leave for £3m if West Brom are relegated from the top flight. The Baggies are currently second bottom, three points from safety, and have won once in their last 22 league games.

Baggies boss Alan Pardew needs fresh firepower and funds generated from Evans' sale will help him bolster his frontline.

Only Swansea and Brighton have scored fewer than their 19 league goals. Jay Rodriguez is their top scorer with four.

Leicester City and Everton are also interested in former Manchester United player Evans.

City are mulling over a bid, while Arsenal may not follow up their interest because of their likely outlay of more than £50m on Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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