Newcastle Still Like 20 Year-Old Jonny Evans

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 Vidić 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 – and he is said to cost around £7M in the transfer market, which isn’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.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Dan

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    i’d like this kid especially since sunderland want him perm

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Yer gd player but for under 5m surely

  • Terry

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    £7m is a ridiculous fee, where did you come up with that? We paid £1m less for Smith from them last year and he was a current England international striker at the time.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Ill conclude he is for the future not for now we need to do well then think about these players but now now just buy class players now and next season maybe by these youngsters

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Worth no where near £7m, he’s played for sland for christs sake… 😀
    …Lower, lower!..

  • robertsa

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    come on then denis wise get another young lad.
    then get derdiyok and we will have three more mint youngsters.

  • Leo

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    settle in sunderland hahahahaha

    why did fergie let pique go he looked good.

    why has he got blood on his shorts, this question makes me more concerned too because isnt he the one who was questioned for raping that girl in the hotel? or was that danny simpson?

  • Kaler

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Crock of sh*te this story I reckon, Fergie may loan him out again but he definately won’t sell him, why would he? The lad is going to be class.

  • Alex

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    signing him would hamper the development of Edgar ,who looked good when he got a couple of games at the end of last season .We would be better signing a defender with a bit of experience to help Taylor and Edgar if Faye is injured or suspended.

  • faustino

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Leo -

  • faustino

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    So basically yes it was him but no he didnt do anything. Dodgy slapper and boyfriend trying it on.

    As anyone, who like me, is unfortunate enough to be related to Man U fans knows – there is a mantra about players that leave Old Trafford. One that Smith personafies.

  • Bob

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    I notice that SEEDORF wants to come to England:

    How about a cheeky bid? Didn’t make the Holland squad for Euro 2008 but still class and far better than our current central midfielders.

    Hey – Spurs got Edgar Davids a couple of years back!


    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    good player, even more tempting due to the fact sunderland want him but would rather have samba from blackburn for a lower fee than £7m. why not make a cheeky bid for kompany from hamburg?? i really dont know why nobody else has moved for him!!

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    I think this lad would be a great buy, he ticks so many boxes.
    Hes young enough for the whole ‘Ashley wants youth’ rumour, but could challenge for CB now!
    I still think we need a more experienced CB to fight it out with Taylor and Faye. But you add Evans and prehaps a Cuellar than thats not a bad 4 CB!

  • micepie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think buying any young defenders would hamper Edgar’s development. We simply need more options to choose from.

  • Quazi

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    yeh arsenal have really developed micepie

  • Quazi

    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #17

    if its young players were after then buy this guy called bojan (plays for barca – bought him in FIFA 08 – lol)

  • Hammy

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    I wouldn’t trust what Seedorf says, he was on Sky today saying that he’d be playing with Adebayor at Inter next season.


    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #19

    ManU have a habit of offloading youngsters who they don’t think will shape up. Remember that young Italian kid who has dissapeared of the radar. I would say only get him for a nominal fee or not at all. He isn’t going to be any better (possibly) than we allready have.

  • reb

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #20

    good call with samba, i’ve been thinking this too. we need some presence in our team.

  • Piers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Never seen him play……however, all young players have potential! lol

  • Scoot

    Jun 28, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Evans would be a great buy, he and Edgar will be very good CB’s in the future. I dont think Taylor is cut out to be a CB but could be a good RB. As far as all this building the team around Taylor goes, well its ridiculous, he hasnt shown me that he’s going to be top class yet

  • tom tomb

    Jun 28, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Bill F is the Italiann that went off the radar Rossi? He is at Villareal now scored a few last season. Man Utd sold him for 6 mill( I think ) and have a clause to by him back if they want. So he may be off our radar but certainly not in Spain!

  • PopB

    Jun 29, 2008 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #24

    seriously rossi is the goods.
    and edgar is a fb how would bringing in a young cb slow his progress?
    i get the feeling that some people hate any move that involves any player that isn’t rated top 5 in the world at his position.


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