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City in hunt for defender Jonny Evans

Manchester City remain in the hunt to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window.

City, Arsenal and Leicester all failed with summer bids for the Albion captain, who the Baggies value at over £30million, but Pep Guardiola is still keen to get him on board.

However Albion are determined to keep him on board and plan to offer the former Manchester United star a new contract. Meanwhile, new Baggies boss Alan Pardew is keen to sit down with Evans after being appointed on Wednesday.

"I think the assurance I need is probably from Jonny more than anybody and I haven't met him yet," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him. I think he's a fabulous player and very important for the club so I will have a good old discussion with him."

Evans has a contract until 2019 after joining from United for £6 million rising to £8 million in 2015, but he is sure to be keen on a return to Manchester if City make another bid.

Following injuries to John Stones and Vincent Kompany, a new central defender is needed, and Evans is clearly high on Guardiola's wanted list.

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