News today that Kevin Keegan wants to convince Manchester United to sell their highly promising 20 year-old Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
Jonny Evans – would be excellent signing for Magpies
Sunderland’s Roy Keane is keen on the 6’2″ central defender, and has been trying to sign him from his old club for some time now.
Evans initially agreed to join Sunderland on loan in January of 2007 until the end of that season, and he played 18 times for the Wearside club.
Danny Simpson, his Manchester United and Antwerp team-mate also joined on a similar deal, and the youngsters both helped Sunderland clinch the Football League Championship title in 2007.
But it was confirmed in June 2007, that Evans would be staying at Manchester United to push for a place in the first team.
However, the following January Keane again got the youngster on loan until the end of last season and he played another 13 times for Sunderland.
The 20-year-old was a big hit at the Stadium of Light during his second loan spell, but Sunderland’s hopes of signing Evans on a permanent deal were blocked some weeks ago.
The Red Devils have halted the departure of Jonny Evans – either on loan or on a permanent transfer – following the departure of Gerard Pique to his former club Barcelona.
But Newcastle are reportedly ready to make a lucrative offer for Evans, which they will submit if and when Manchester United find an experienced replacement for the Spanish defender.
Sir Alex Ferguson is known to rate Evans highly, but with players like Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown and Nemanja VidiÄ‡ standing before him, his prospects for further development at Manchester hardly look good, which is a problem the side has once many of their promising youngsters reach 20.
But we don’t expect much to happen on Evans until August, when his situation becomes clearer, but this boy is a very good player, and no doubt if he is available, either on loan or in a permanent move, it looks like Sunderland and Newcastle will just have to fight it out.
If we could even get the player on loan for next season, that would be good, and we could then see how he progresses.
The Northern Ireland international fits the bill for young, up-and-coming players that Newcastle want to recruit â€“ and he is said to cost around Â£7M in the transfer market, which isnâ€™t cheap.
Evans would like to remain in the North East, if he was made available by the Red Devils, since his girlfriend is studying in the area and Jonny seems to have settled well in the North East at Sunderland.