Everton are lining up a £10 million move for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, according to the Mirror.
The Northern Ireland international has played just 14 times in the Premier League this season for the Red Devils - and just once since he was banned for six games for spitting at Newcastle striker Pappis Cisse thanks to injury.
According to reports Evans is likely be the one defender moved on in the summer as Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal goes about remodelling his back line by lining up potential moves for Mats Hummels and Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.
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The Mirror say that he could be moved on to Everton, who are keen to secure his services and are willing to offer £10 million.
It would bring an untimely end to the defender's career at Old Trafford if he were to leave in the summer. Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson once branded him the 'best defender in the country', although reports have suggested he shares an uneasy relationship with Van Gaal.
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Fellow centre-back Chris Smalling penned a new contract with the Red Devils last month, while Phil Jones is expected to follow suit soon, leaving Evans as the odd one out.
Evans isn't likely to be the only player heading towards this exit in the upcoming window. A host of first-team players could leave, including goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spanish international is out of contract next year and has refused to commit his future to the club amidst reports that he is close to joining Real Madrid.
Striker Radamel Falcao is almost certain to end his loan spell and return to Monaco, while there are doubts about Robin van Persie and as well as club record signing Angel di Maria. The Argentinian international has struggled in his first season in the Premier League and has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, while he will face competition from new signing Memphis Depay if he does opt to stay put next season.
Van Gaal has warned not to expect Depay to be able to do excel in his first season where Di Maria has failed after his £22 million switch from PSV Eindhoven was completed following a medical.
"The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient," he said. "The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country.
"Youth is very important to this club and is a very big part of my philosophy as a manager.
Manchester United have to be ruthless this summer, and if that means getting rid of Evans then so be it.
The Red Devils are striving to be the best once more and Evans is a perfectly capable defender - however they need more than that. Van Gaal is clearing out those who can't cut it in his squad and laying the foundations for a successful future.
For what it is worth it seems like a good deal all round. Everton would get a fine defender a a reasonable price, Evans gets regular football and Manchester United get cash and a space in their squad.
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