Manchester City must pay £35m to prise shock target Jonny Evans away from West Brom.
And Etihad boss Pep Guardiola is trying to put together a package that will reach that number as he refuses to give up on the Northern Ireland centre-half.
City’s initial £18m offer also included extras that would have taken the deal to £22m.
But that is not enough for Albion — who already know how tough it is to bring in players.
Tony Pulis is out to bolster his squad rather than sell this summer. So it will take a bumper fee for Evans to give him a chance to spend on a replacement in an inflated market.
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Pulis believes Evans, 29, is an ideal professional and the Baggies boss plans to pick him for tomorrow’s trip to Burnley despite the distraction of a transfer wrangle — even if he lands Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer, 24, in a £15m deal today.
Pulis will add Wimmer to his back line after signing Ahmed Hegazi on loan.
The Austrian defender’s arrival at The Hawthorns is likely to spell the end of Albion’s bid to sign Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough.
City have few options in their search for a homegrown centre-half and are expected to get close to West Brom’s valuation with a new offer of guaranteed cash plus increased incentives.
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