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Man City will move for £20million Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson after giving up on Jonny Evans

Pep Guardiola is working on a plan B as West Bromwich demand more than £30million for his main target Jonny Evans

Manchester City are on the verge of ending their pursuit for West Brom defender Jonny Evans according to reports.

Pep Guardiola will instead divert his attention to Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson if they fail to land the Irishman.

Man City will make a £20m move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson

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Man City will make a £20m move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson

Pep Guardiola wants to bring reinforcements to his defence and will turn his attention to the England international

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Pep Guardiola wants to bring reinforcements to his defence and will turn his attention to the England international

Gibson has been identified as Guardiola’s back up plan and City are prepared to launch a £20million bid to secure him, according to the Independent.

The Man City boss has been on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer to bolster his defence and provide options, especially if Vincent Kompany struggles to stay healthy .

But it appears that City will finally admit defeat in their efforts to bring former Man United star Evans to the Etihad after a rejected £18m bid for the player who’s price tag has now spiralled to £35m.

Gibson is seen as the best alternative for Evans and brings the added bonus of being an a British player which will help Guardiola’s squad conform to the Premier Leagues rules on having eight homegrown players.

The 24-year-old already has Premier League experience having made 38 league appearances for Middlesbrough in the top-tier last season before their relegation.

However they may also have a difficult time prying Gibson away from his current team too, especially as his uncle is the chairman at the Teesside club.

West Brom’s Jonny Evans was City’s main target but the Baggies refuse to let him go

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West Brom’s Jonny Evans was City’s main target but the Baggies refuse to let him go

Gibson made 38 Premier League appearances last season scoring once

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Gibson made 38 Premier League appearances last season scoring once

But with the World Cup fast approaching, a return to Premiership football will put him in good stead for making his way into his Gareth Southgate’s final squad after earning his first call-up in a qualifier match in March.

City aren’t the only Premiership side to show interest in Gibson, Chelsea have kept a close eye on the English international and ironically so have West Brom.

He has been high on Tony Pulis’ wish list this summer and have already had two bids with offers up to £20m knocked back.