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Jonny Evans spent the first nine years of his professional career at Manchester United

18 August, 2017

West Bromwich Albion have rejected a surprise £18 million bid from Manchester City for former Manchester United star Jonny Evans.

Evans made 198 appearances for Manchester United during his time at Old Trafford.

City fans would not be entirely happy with their latest move, especially with the fact that their bid was rejected by West Brom, making it even more humiliating.

Apparently the City gaffer admires "Evans' ability on the ball and sound positional sense" and also his versatility in defence. Pep wanted a cheap, experienced, homegrown player who is Premier League proven.

Everyone knows Manchester City have a weakness at centre-back.

Evans has two years left to run on his current deal at the Baggies. "He went in to see the doctor at the training ground and came to the ground and told me on Saturday it was sore".

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The Frenchman has been training with the Blues in recent weeks and is now with the first-team squad in Girona, but is only considered a temporary option while other options are pursued. A year on, Evans' value has risen, but in the current insane transfer market, it is understandable why Guardiola could see him as a viable option.

Jonny Evans is one of the many academy graduates from Manchester United who have been able to establish himself successfully in the Premier League. There is no way I would have allowed Jonny Evans to leave this football club.

West Brom have made clear their intention to keep hold of Evans and boss Tony Pulis appointed him captain following Darren Fletcher's move to Stoke earlier this summer.

Arsenal previously showed an interest in signing Evans a year ago but West Brom also rejected the Gunners approach.

They too, however, would need to sell off Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Jason Denayer and Eliaquim Mangala to boost their own coffers.

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