How the mighty have fallen. West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans, touted as being the target of Manchester City and Arsenal during the summer, finds himself receiving amorous advances from Premier League strugglers Everton, according to the Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old was severely affected by the summer gossip, according to under-fire Baggies boss Tony Pulis. He claimed the Northern Ireland international “had his head turned” by Arsenal’s failed £30m bid in August.
Since then, Evans suffered an injury-interrupted season and was rated as doubtful for his country’s World Cup qualifier first leg against Switzerland. However, the scare seems unfounded as he has played two games since leaving the pitch after 32 minutes against Southampton.
Everton are desperate to strengthen their squad this January and first showed an interest in Evans in 2015 when they rated him at £15m. Now, with the price doubled, Farhad Moshiri, the Toffees majority shareholder, faces the prospect of dipping into his already deep pockets to fund another transfer spree.
The summer proved disappointing with Ronald Koeman paying the ultimate price for failing to sign a central striker. A 5 – 2 home defeat to Arsenal proved one loss too far for the Everton board and David Unsworth is now in temporary charge at Goodison Park.