Manchester United could hijack Arsenal and Man City’s move for $34m-rated defender

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the proceedings of former player and West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans as he continues to attract interest from the Premier League’s elite.

The Northern Ireland left Old Trafford for the Hawthorns back in the summer of 2015, and he has since been instrumental at the heart of the backline with his performances capturing the attention of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.

While the above-mentioned pair are leading the hunt for the 29-year-old, The Times reports that United are also keeping a close watch on their former graduate whom Jose Mourinho remains an admirer of. The Baggies value Evans at around £25m and Wenger is ready to bid close to the £25m($34m) asking price for the defender.

With Eric Bailly sidelined for a few months following an ankle surgery, United appear on the hunt for a replacement and Evans would fit perfectly as an efficient back-up while his leadership skills have been evident from his time in west Midlands.

Nevertheless, Mourinho could also opt to play the waiting time for Bailly with Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all capable of slotting into the central defensive position in the second half of the season.

Manchester United return to Premier League duties on Monday night with a home outing versus Stoke City. The Potters have been in a woeful run of late and this cost Mark Hughes his job after the FA Cup defeat to Coventry City.

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