Manchester City to bid for defender in January but face competition from Arsenal – report

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Manchester City and Arsenal are both ready to battle for the signature of West Brom defender Jonny Evans in January.

Evans has been a long-term target for both clubs who have previously made offers for the player during the past two summer transfer windows.

Pep Guardiola is keen to bring Evans to City after failing to land any central-defender during the summer transfer window. The City boss is eager to strengthen in defence as Vincent Kompany continues to struggle to combat his long-term muscular injuries.

John Stones’ hamstring injury has heightened the need for Guardiola to splash the cash again in the winter window, with Evans considered the ideal candidate according to The Telegraph.

Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez is also of interest to City, who would cost €30million, but 29-year-old Evans remains the front-runner.

Recently appointed West Brom manager Alan Pardew is bracing himself for City to renew their interest in the former Manchester United player officially, but Albion are open to selling Evans provided their £30million valuation is offered.

After reverting to three-at-the-back last season, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add defensive reinforcements to an injury-stricken backline.

Per Mertesacker’s retirement at the end of this season has Wenger pondering replacements with Evans high up on the Frenchman’s list.

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