By Aramide Oladipo
Everton are set to battle it out with Premier League rivals Manchester City to sign West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that West Brom are prepared to offload the 29-year-old and the Toffees have entered the race to snap him up.
The newspaper reports that the Baggies are likely to set a high asking price during the January transfer window, with the player reportedly valued at £35million earlier this summer.
The report claims that Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is desperate to add defensive reinforcements to the squad and he is willing to splash the cash in order to land Evans.
It is reported that the decision will ultimately come down to where the player wants to play his football.
The central defender is a player with vast experience in the top-tier of English football, enjoying great success at former club Manchester United.
The Northern Ireland international managed to win three Premier League titles during his nine-year spell at Old Trafford.
Since completing a move to the Hawthorns two years ago, Evans has become an integral part of the first-team and he is now the captain of the club.
Evans currently has two years remaining on his contract with the Baggies.
Football Insider verdict
With Everton struggling to keep clean sheets this season, Evans is a player who would certainly help them get right back on track in this department. The centre-back has improved since leaving United and now assumes the role as a leader which is something that the Toffees have lacked during the early stages of the campaign. However, there is an argument that Evans is coming to the end of his career and he is very similar to the current crop of centre-backs who are all susceptible to pace. With City in the running, it will be difficult for the Merseyside club to convince Evans to join them as Pep Guardiola’s side is the more attractive option at the moment.
In other Everton news, this attacker has been confirmed out of the clash with Watford due to injury.