West Brom completes Evans signing
West Bromwich Albion have secured the services of Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.
The 27-year-old centre-half has agreed a four-year deal and joins Albion after making 198 appearances in all competitions for United.
The deal for the Northern Ireland international will cost the Baggies an initial £6m, rising to £8m with add-ons.
“This is a great signing for the club,” manager Tony Pulis said.
“Jonny brings a lot of experience and will be a big player for us. He’s a player I’ve been watching for some time.”
Ahead of West Brom’s match at Stoke, Gareth McAuley said Jonny Evans would keep the Albion defenders on their toes
Evans’ move may now pave the way for Joleon Lescott to depart the Hawthorns for Aston Villa.
Villa have been looking for another option at the heart of their defence but the Baggies will not let Lescott go until they have acquired a replacement.
And the man they have in mind is Evans, who has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed a trophy-laden nine-year spell with United, winning the Premier League title on three occasions.
Having come through the ranks at the club, he was given his first-team debut in 2007 and has gone on to make 196 appearances, scoring seven goals.
West Brom turned their attention to Evans after Tottenham centre-back Federico Fazio failed to agree a contract during a day of talks last week.
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