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In Focus: West Ham’s hopes of signing Evans depend on what he is looking for

According to reports by BBC Football, West Ham United have been boosted in their January pursuit of West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans after the 29-year-old turned down a new contract offer to stay with the club.

What’s the word, then?

Well, BBC Football says that Evans could leave the Hawthorns next month after they failed to persuade him to extend his deal which is due to expire in 18 months’ time.

According to The Mirror earlier this month, West Ham joined the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton in the race to sign the Northern Ireland international, with Irons boss David Moyes keen to bring a new central defender to the London Stadium in the New Year.

BBC Football adds that while the Baggies wanted £30m for their captain in the summer, they are unlikely to get that amount during the January transfer window given the contract situation of the former Manchester United man.

How has Evans done this season?

He has done ok, but he has probably been overshadowed by Ahmed Hegazi as West Brom continue to struggle at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Incredibly, the 29-year-old was absent as the west Midlands outfit picked up seven points from their opening three top flight matches this term, and they have gone 15 league games without a win since then, with Evans skippering the side in all of those fixtures.

According to Squawka, the Northern Irishman has won 25 of the 45 aerial duels he has faced, as well as making 64 clearances, 27 interceptions and seven blocks, while he has shown how comfortable he is on the ball with a passing accuracy of 82% and having successfully completed all eight of the dribbles he has attempted.

Will West Ham get him?

It’s difficult to say.

While the Irons will certainly be buoyed by the fact that Evans may not cost £30m, the fact that they could face competition from the likes of Man United, Man City and Arsenal could make a deal difficult to complete.

However, the promise of regular first-team football could make the east London outfit one of the frontrunners, although it depends on what the player wants at the end of the day.

Article title: In Focus: West Ham’s hopes of signing Evans depend on what he is looking for

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