Man United keen on signing 6 ft 2 in Premier League centre-back

Man United are targeting a move for Jonny Evans on a free transfer from Leicester City, according to reports. Louis van Gaal allowed the Northern Ireland international, who had initially made his debut under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2007, to leave the Red Devils for West Bromwich Albion in a £6m deal in 2015.

Jonny has impressed since his departure from the Red Devils and has been one of Brendan Rodgers’ crucial player at Leicester City. But Evans’ current deal is due to expires at the end of the campaign and the defender has not yet reached a new agreement with Leicester City.

The Red Devils who are involved in transfers have shortlisted the 32-year-old defender as a possible addition and are keeping tabs on the centre-back’s situation. The report claims that the Norwegian manager is keen to strengthen his defensive options but has only £20m to spend in the upcoming winter transfer window.

It’s also claimed that both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan are big admirers of the Northern Irish defender’s ability. ‘Johnny’s name has come up in conversation,’ a source at Man United said. ‘There are still a lot of people here who have plenty of time for him and that includes Ole and Mike Phelan.’

Earlier this year, Rodgers described Foxes move for Jonny Evans as the ‘deal of the century’. ‘I think for me, where I was at an advantage, I’ve known Jonny as a young player, obviously from back home, and saw him move across to Man United with his family,’ Rodgers said.