As reported by The Sun, Arsenal will have to up their bid for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans if they’re to secure his signature before the end of the January transfer window.
The Gunners’ defence has again been a problem for Arsene Wenger this season, with his side conceding more goals than any other side in the top six of the English Premier League.
The Sun report that in order to help improve that record, Arsenal are ready to bring Jonny Evans to the club from West Brom, with Wenger seeing him as the ideal man to add a bit of composure and experience to their defensive line.
However, the Baggies are holding firm in their valuation of the player, with the club expecting a bid of around £27m before letting him leave the Hawthornes, say the paper.
The signing of Evans may make sense as a short-term solution but at his reported valuation, it’s a lot of money to pay for a player who is already into his thirties.
With close to 230 Premier League appearances under his belt, he certainly knows his way around the division and could likely add depth to Wenger’s first team squad.
However, as shown recently against Liverpool, he’s not completely guaranteed to avoid defensive blunders every now and then, even if he’s seen as one of the Baggies’ most reliable figures.
Surely given Arsenal’s resources and pull they should be looking to attract the next great defender of the future rather than someone like Evans, especially if West Brom are refusing to let him go cheaply?