Wolves on the prowl for Manchester United ace Jonny Evans
Wolves are ready to test Sir Alex Ferguson’s resolve to hold onto defender Jonny Evans.
The Northern Ireland international has slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford following the arrival of Phil Jones in a £17million deal from Blackburn Rovers.
Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are United boss Ferguson’s first choice centre-backs while England defender Chris Smalling has taken to the Old Trafford stage with ease.
Evans was left kicking his heels on the sidelines for much of last season and he was left out of the Champions League final squad.
Sunderland, where the Newtownabbey man enjoyed two loan spells, would love to bring the 23-year-old back to the Stadium of Light but now Wolves have emerged as a potential destination for Evans.
Manager Mick McCarthy wanted to recruit Evans more than two years ago, before Wolves were promoted, but the centre-back shone with the Black Cats.
Evans, who has won 24 Northern Ireland caps, signed a four-year contract with United in May last year but Ferguson may decide that he would gain more first team experience away from Old Trafford.
McCarthy has been unable to bring Roger Johnson and Matt Mills to Molineux so he would welcome Evans’ arrival in a loan deal. Meanwhile, Sunderland are keeping up their pursuit of United trio Darron Gibson, Wes Brown and John O’Shea.