Tottenham join race to sign Jonny Evans this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign Manchester United defender Jonny Evans this summer, and are ready to compete with Everton for the Northern Ireland international's signature.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the 27-year-old's future at Old Trafford is growing increasingly uncertain following suggestions that Louis van Gaal deems the centre-back surplus to requirements.

Evans has been forced to watch fellow defensive team-mates like Chris Smalling, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair all put pen to paper on new deals while the offer of a contract extension for himself has not been forthcoming.

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With just over 12 months remaining on his current agreement at the Theatre of Dreams the writing could be on the wall for a player that has been reduced to just 14 starts for Manchester United since the veteran Dutch coach arrived last summer.

Evans' season has been disrupted by injury and suspension after he received a six-game ban following the unsavoury spitting incident involving Papiss Cisse at St James' Park in March.

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The Red Devils ace has always maintained his innocence but accepted the Football Association ruling, and that might have contributed towards his downfall in the eyes of Van Gaal.

Everton remain favourites to secure the player's services because moving to Goodison Park would not require Evans to uproot his young family, whereas a transfer to White Hart Lane would involve a significantly bigger change.

Still, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will hope to convince Evans that his football career would be better served by heading south in the summer, after failing to ever really live up to expectations during his time as a Red Devils star.

Evans impressed during an excellent breakthrough campaign back in 2008/09, but despite winning three Premier League titles and two League Cups during his time in the senior squad he still has some detractors at Manchester United.

Toffees head coach Roberto Martinez would jump at the opportunity to work with him, though, especially with Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz both expected to leave Merseyside at the end of the season.

Captain Phil Jagielka remains the heartbeat of the Everton backline, but the arrival of Evans would help inject a bit more youth to the team.

Manchester United fans: Where do you think Jonny Evans would be better off continuing his career - Tottenham or Everton? Do you agree with Louis van Gaal that he's surplus to requirements at Old Trafford? Share your thoughts below...

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