WEST BROM defender Jonny Evans will reportedly reject a move to Arsenal in order to join Manchester City.
West Brom are keen to keep hold of Evans this summer, having only appointed him as their new captain in July.
Manchester City have seen two bids rejected by West Brom, who are said to be holding out for £30million for the Northern Ireland international.
Arsenal have been linked with a late attempt to hijack City’s pursuit, but the Daily Mail claim he’s not interested in a move to the Gunners.
The former Manchester United centre-half would apparently prefer to link up with Pep Guardiola at City.
Evans was linked with a move to Leicester earlier in the window, with the Foxes having two bids turned down for the 29-year-old.
But Craig Shakespeare’s side are understood to have dropped their interest due to the Baggies’ hefty asking price.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis recently admitted every player has a price, claiming there’s no way Albion can resist City’s approach if an enormous bid comes in.
“He had a chance to go to Arsenal last year,” Pulis said. “It didn’t affect him in any way.
“You could say Manchester City are different because they will be hoping to win the title, the Champions League, and the FA Cup. It is difficult.
“They’ve made an offer that we’ve turned down.
“Every player is for sale at the right price, it is absolutely crazy to say that a team like West Brom won’t sell players if people are going to put an enormous amount of money in front of you.
“It is market forces. We don’t want to sell him, or need to sell him, we are not desperate to get the money in, so it would have to be a very, very good offer. Then we would sit down and talk to Jonny about the situation.
“It is irrelevant whether he wants to stay or doesn’t want to stay. The most important thing is everyone understands he is one of our best players. That is what we’ll try to do, keep him here.
“Jonny’s fine, he understands the situation. Until all parties agree nothing will happen. He is happy here, he’s just been made captain.”