By Harvey Byrne
Everton are considering a move for experienced West Brom defender Jonny Evans, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed on their website that the 29-year-old is being eyed by the Toffees as he himself is ready to quit the Midlands club after seeing ex-teammate and captain Darren Fletcher make the move across to Stoke.
It is also detailed that fellow Premier League club Leicester have had a bid knocked back and Everton themselves could now join with a bid themselves.
Evans has been a key part of Tony Pulis’ strong defence since 2o15 after joining from Manchester United in an undisclosed deal.
The three-time Premier League winning centre-back has featured in 65 matches in total for the Baggies and last season alone the Northern Ireland international featured in 31 encounters with West Brom boasting the ninth best defence in the English top-flight with 51 goals conceded.
Evans is still contracted to Pulis’ side until 2019 and although Ronald Koeman may be wanting a younger alternative to both Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams, the Northern Irishman could be a summer target.
Football Insider verdict:
Evans is a sturdy player for a middling Premier League club, but there may be doubts as to whether he is good enough to make the step up to a side looking to progress as Everton are. Additionally, Evans is well suited to a Pulis team, who are based around their defence as he receives more protection. However, at a team like the Toffees he may not be so able to fit in. The 58-time capped international has also previously struggled at Manchester United and this link stinks of the old Everton when they would bring in the likes of Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley and Phil Neville from the Red Devils.
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