Arsenal and Manchester City are reportedly set to be dealt a blow in their pursuit of Jonny Evans as the defender could be about to sign a new deal with West Brom.

The Baggies are allegedly going to offer Evans a new deal to ward off interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.

Both clubs were said to be interested in signing the centre-back over the summer but West Brom wanted over £30m for the 29-year-old.

Evans’ current deal runs out in June 2019, so West Brom need to tie him down if they want to keep the wolves away from the door. However, it all depends on whether the Northern Ireland international wants to stay in Tony Pulis’ side or whether he wants to move on.

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After missing out on the opening three Premier League fixtures of the campaign with a thigh injury, Evans has gone on to make five appearances and scored once for the Baggies.

Not only is he a solid centre-back, he’s their captain, so it’s understandable that they don’t want to allow him to leave. And if they do, it has to be for a considerable price.

In September, Arsene Wenger insisted that Arsenal won’t be looking at trying to sign Evans again in the future, saying, “Once the transfer period is over, you focus on your squad and your players.

“You accept that as well from the players who play for their club.”

Therefore, I’m not sure how much the Gunners really care that Evans could be about to sign a new deal with West Brom.