Man City to complete deal for defender ‘within coming days’

Man City to complete deal for defender ‘within coming days’

Manchester City are set to complete the signing of West Brom defender Jonny Evans within the coming days after the Baggies conceded they are ready to lose the Northern Ireland international.

The Manchester Evening News reports that West Brom have told City they can sign Evans if they match their valuation of £23.5 million, and are now preparing for a bid in the coming days.

Pep Guardiola had tried to land the former Manchester United star in the summer, however West Brom blocked the move, as they were unable to find a replacement for their captain at such short notice.

However after continued interest, the Baggies will now part ways with Evans and use the money to revamp their squad going into the second half of the season.

City will try to drive the figure down to around £20 million a figure which is believed to enough to finally land their man.

Arsenal are also said to be interested, however it is understood Evans would prefer a move to City.

In the unlikely case that a move for the Baggies star does not materialise before the end of the week, Pep Guardiola will turn his attentions to Real Sociedad star Inigo Martinez.

The Spain international is valued at around the £28 million mark by the La Liga club, and was left out of Eusebio Sacristán’s side at the weekend, fuelling rumours he is set to make an exit from the Anoeta Stadium.