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Arsenal join Manchester City in race for West Brom defender Jonny Evans ahead of deadline day

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hoping to fill the void set to be left by Shkodran Mustafi with the Northern Irish centre-back

Arsenal have joined Manchester City in the race for West Brom ace Jonny Evans ahead of deadline day.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to fill the void set to be left by Shkodran Mustafi with the Northern Irish centre-back.

Man City are preparing a fresh bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans

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Man City are preparing a fresh bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans

Arsenal are hoping to beat Man City to the signing of Jonny Evans

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Arsenal are hoping to beat Man City to the signing of Jonny Evans

Mustafi is set to join Inter Milan this summer after just one season in the Premier League.

After their horrific start to the 2017-18 season, most recently losing 4-0 away to Liverpool, Wenger is keen to bolster his attacking ranks.

Arsenal have a gaping hole in the centre of defence, with Laurent Koscielny the only consistent member in the heart of the back-line.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has been keen to land Evans in recent weeks, but have rejected two offers already as they hold out for at least £30million.

While the Etihad giants appeared to be the only club in the running for the West Brom man, Wenger has now thrown Arsenal’s name into the mix.

Leicester also saw a £21m bid turned down this week.

Jonny Evans is a target for Arsenal, Man City and Leicester

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Jonny Evans is a target for Arsenal, Man City and Leicester

The French boss even made a move for the former Manchester United centre-back, 29, last summer – only to see his advances rejected.

While Arsenal and City go head-to-head for Evans, they are also involved in arguably the transfer saga of the summer.

Guardiola is still keen to land Alexis Sanchez from the Gunners – and a move looks to be on the cards after the Chilean reportedly handed in a transfer request.

Arsenal have claimed Sanchez has done no such thing, while City are happy to add Raheem Sterling into any deal in order to facilitate a move.

Arsenal are readying a bid for former Man United defender Jonny Evans

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Arsenal are readying a bid for former Man United defender Jonny Evans