The last few weeks of the summer transfer window were riddled with transfer rumours for West Brom’s Jonny Evans - would he leave the Hawthorns? It turned out no club could meet the valuation, but interest is thought to be far from over for the Northern Ireland international and January could be a testing time for the Baggies. What Are the Odds looks at the clubs looking to make January swoops for the defender.
Bids from Manchester City and Leicester, as well as interest from Arsenal were all scuppered by West Brom for Jonny Evans, and ironically the player made his first start of the season in their defeat to Man City in the Carabao Cup. If the odds, via BetVictor bookmaker are to be taken as any indication, then Manchester City are far from done with their dealings for Evans this season. Odds of 6/1 (7.00) are conservatively being offered on them putting a blue shirt on the former Manchester United stalwart.
Sky Sports reported that all potential moves fell through on transfer Deadline Day for Evans, with either price tags not being met or due to the structures of deals on-offer - but if Man City are seeing their defence look fragile, or perhaps lose a key man in defence by January it wouldn’t be a shock to see the odds of 6/1 tumble.
Arsenal were another to make a bid, according to reports, but like much of their business, it didn’t happen for one reason or another. BetVictor backs the Gunners at the exact same odds as City at 6/1 (7.00) - both clubs would pose interesting and exciting challenges for the Northern Irishman, but it may be that a lot depends on the fortunes of both clubs heading into the next transfer window - who has more trophy winning potential perhaps?
The next two clubs in the market are also deadlocked, at 12/1 (13.00) apiece, Tottenham and Liverpool are in the wings and are serious contenders for the defender. Again it would seem like a number of factors would need to happen should either of these title-chasing clubs land the Baggies stalwart.
Liverpool are in-need of a new defender and may resurrect their interest in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk again, but if not then Evans to Anfield could be the solution. Spurs on the other hand have a mean looking backline and are the least likely on paper - but should they lose anyone to injury then Pochettino could swoop.
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