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Arsenal 'step up Jonny Evans pursuit'

Arsenal 'step up Jonny Evans pursuit'
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Arsenal reportedly step up their pursuit of West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans in a bid to beat Premier League leaders Manchester City to his signature.

Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign Jonny Evans this month in a bid to beat Manchester City to the defender's signature.

Evans was heavily linked with a move away from West Bromwich Albion during the summer, and the Baggies again look like facing a battle to keep their star player this month.

Arsenal have long been interested in the Northern Irishman as they look to bolster their leaky defence, particularly after recent injuries to Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny exposed a lack of depth at the back.

However, the Gunners face stiff competition for his signature from Premier League leaders Manchester City, who are also keen to improve their defensive depth due to the ongoing injury troubles of Vincent Kompany.

The Times reports that Arsenal are now increasing their efforts to bring the 30-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, with West Brom understood to want at least £25m for his services.

However, Evans himself is thought to favour a move back to Manchester as he lives in the North-West following his 11-year spell as a Manchester United player earlier in his career.

Evans joined West Brom from United in 2015 and has gone on to make 84 appearances for the club across all competitions.

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Jonny Evans in action during the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United on December 17, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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