West Ham right to target Jonny Evans, but they need to sign another centre-back too

According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United have joined a whole host of their Premier League rivals in the race to sign West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans, who earns £45,000-a-week according to The Sun and could be available for just £3m this summer.

What’s the word, then?

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans

Well, The Mirror says that the Baggies captain has a relegation release clause that means he would be available for just £3m if the west Midlands outfit are relegated, and considering they are eight points from safety with just three matches remaining it could be confirmed this weekend.

The Mirror says that the Irons, along with Everton, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Crystal Palace are also keen, while Arsenal and Manchester City have moved on to other targets having been keen on the Northern Ireland international during the January transfer window.

The report adds that the east London outfit have long-standing interest in Evans, and they are determined to bring at least one new central defender to the London Stadium this summer having seen Jose Fonte depart for the Chinese Super League in February.

How has Evans done this season?

It has been a difficult campaign for the defender and West Brom, and he has only tasted success twice with them in the top flight during the current campaign having missed the two wins they picked up in August.

The 30-year-old has still been one of the club’s reliable and consistent performers however, although he was also involved in the infamous Barcelona taxi incident when former boss Alan Pardew took his players on a mid-season training camp to Spain.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

If Moyes is looking for a reliable centre-back with plenty of experience both in the Premier League and in European competition, then there will be few better options than Evans on the market this summer.

The fact that he is available for just £3m means that it is a no-brainer for a club like the Irons to move for him, although the Scot must prove his expertise to the fans, who are unimpressed by his plan to play Declan Rice as a defensive midfielder, by bringing a younger centre-half in alongside him.

His low price tag means that they can spend more on another central defender that could be at the London Stadium for a number of years, and that may be the best plan of action for the club and Moyes.