According to reports in The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur will consider triggering the £3m release clause in West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans’ contract if the Baggies are relegated from the Premier League.
Well, The Telegraph reports that Spurs are considering making a move for the Northern Ireland international if they cash in on contract rebel Toby Alderweireld this summer, who looks set to leave the Hawthorns for a cut-price fee at the end of the season given the west Midlands outfit are 10 points from safety with just seven matches remaining.
The Telegraph says that Manchester City were interested in the 30-year-old in January but may have moved on after signing Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, while Arsenal could reignite their interest in the former Manchester United man having failed in a bid to bring him to north London during the previous transfer window.
The report adds that Tottenham are considering selling Alderweireld for £40m this summer, with Spurs fans already providing their reaction to the news he could leave, rather than risking losing him for £25m next year when a clause in his contract will be activated.
Remarkably, the defender has made 25 Premier League appearances this term but has only tasted victory in one of those, with West Brom’s other two top flight wins during the current campaign coming when the Northern Ireland international was absent through injury in August.
That said, the 30-year-old has still been one of the club’s most consistent and reliable performers on the pitch in what has been a difficult few months, and the Baggies skipper will be one of the few players to come out of the disastrous season with any credit.
Evans was involved in the infamous taxi incident in Barcelona last month that saw him stripped of the captaincy for one match, but it doesn’t appear to have put off potential suitors.
He certainly would be, mainly because of the bargain price tag.
With 198 appearances for Man United under his belt as well as 67 for Northern Ireland – not counting the added Premier League experience he has picked up with Sunderland and now West Brom – it is clear to see that Evans would be a valuable addition for Spurs.
While Tottenham supporters may want a higher profile replacement if Alderweireld does go, it looks likely that Evans would act as a back-up for Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, who will be particularly delighted with the rumour that suggests he will remain as first choice whatever happens.