Newcastle United are said to be interested in Manchester Unitedâ€™s Jonny Evans, who has played on loan at Sunderland over the last two seasons.
Jonny Evans - in demand in the north east
Itâ€™s clear that Kevin Keegan needs defensive reinforcements in the summer, and it appears, rather surprisingly, that Evans has emerged as a summer target for the club.
Evans is only 20, was born in Belfast, and already looks a very good player with his performances for Sunderland.
It turns out that Newcastle have been watching Evan’s excellent performances on Wearside, and it looks like they will be in the market if Evans is put up for sale, or even if he is offered on loan again for next season.
The Northern Ireland international fits the bill for young, up-and-coming players that Newcastle want to recruit â€“ and he is said to around Â£7M in the transfer market, which isn’t cheap.
But if Evans is made available, either on loan or permanently, Newcastle would be interested in a player who proved he is already Premier League class during Sunderland’s fight against relegation this season.
But Barcelona are not giving up their interest in Manchester Unitedâ€™s Spanish prospect Gerard Pique, and reports in Spain claim they want to take the Spaniard back after the Champions League final.
That would certainly complicate the issue of Evans being available.
Evans would like to remain in the North East, if he was made available by the Red Devils. His girlfriend is studying in the area and Jonny seems to have settled well in the area.
Evans will await a decision on his future later in the summer, with the player saying:
â€œIâ€™m not in control at all of what happens now,â€
â€œI will just go back to Man United and keep my head down. You are not really in control of anything that goes on when you are under contract.â€
â€œIf any club wants to bid for me, it is up to them and Man United to decide what happens.”
” I donâ€™t know what is going to happen and I wonâ€™t be knocking on Sir Alex Fergusonâ€™s door asking questions because he is in charge and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll let me know whatâ€™s happening.â€
Seems like we will not know the situation on Jonny Evans for at least a month or two, and it’s interesting that Newcastle like the player, who has really caught the eye playing for Sunderland.