Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap has run on London’s West End stages for 65 years. It feels like Manchester City’s pursuit of West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans has taken longer.
The Sunday Express reports that Pep Guardiola has not given up on signing the experienced 29-year-old Northern Ireland international. City made several bids for the Baggies captain but none persuaded doomed boss Tony Pulis to sell.
Evans is set for talks with the Welshman’s newly-appointed successor Alan Pardew where the player is expected to make it plain his future lies away from the Hawthorns. However, Albion’s new boss wants the £30m-rated player to stay and is expected to sanction a new contract offer.
City may yet face competition from Arsenal. Arsène Wenger has been on Evans trail for 18 months and the abysmal defending which led to the damaging 3 – 1 home defeat to Manchester United on Saturday evening.
The Gunners came closest to signing Evans last summer. Pulis previously commented that he was surprised a deal with the North Londoners never happened given how close the two sides were to agreeing on a fee.
It remains to be seen whether Wenger will return for a bidding war with City over the accomplished defender.