Manchester United are reported to have agreed a deal with West Brom for the transfer of experienced central defender Jonny Evans, with the total cost of the move potentially reaching £8 million.
Evans has become surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and his departure this summer seemed somewhat inevitable. He does, however, still have much to offer and, aged 27, has plenty of fuel in the tank.
Tony Pulis confirmed on Friday that it was his desire to bring Evans to The Hawthorns and it has since been reported by The Guardian that West Brom and Manchester United have settled on a £6 million initial fee.
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This will, however, rise to £8 million providing certain contractual clauses are met, although these have not been divulged. At that price it works out as a pretty good deal for all involved, and Evans will depart with the best wishes of Manchester United supporters.
During his seven years in the Manchester United first-team, Evans was able to win the Premier League three times and was a vital part of their most recent title triumph during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the helm.
While he never had the calmness or culture of Rio Ferdinand or the physicality and fearlessness of Nemanja Vidic, Evans was, for a time, an adequate deputy for both and a player of real importance for Manchester United.
He may have struggled somewhat under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, perhaps lacking the inspiration that Ferguson provided, but he would still have been capable of joining a club more established than West Brom.
But perhaps it was the allure of working with Pulis, a famed motivator, that led Evans to decide on the Baggies, where he will be desperate to play regularly once again.
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