Guardiola launches another bid for ex-Manchester United star
EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 18/08/2017
Pep Guardiola is making a fresh bid for former Manchester United defender, Jonny Evans.Pep Guardiola is set to return with an improved £25million bid for former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.Manchester City had seen an initial bid for the West Brom defender rejected, but the Baggies are now braced for a fresh bid from the Cityzens for the central defender.City’s £18m bid was rejected, with Albion manager Tony Pulis anxious to keep Evans and strengthen his defence by signing Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer for £15m.Evans missed the opening win over Bournemouth with a hamstring injury and is set to be ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Burnley.Read also: Hazard returns, scores for Chelsea
“Jonny felt his hamstring in training on Friday and we didn't want to take a chance,” said Pulis. “He went in to see the doctor at the training ground and came to the ground and told me on Saturday it was sore. So we take his word for it.”The West Brom head coach has been pursuing a centre-back for some time with Dinamo Zagreb's Felip Benkovic also considered after a £21m bid for Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson was rejected.Wimmer would add to the quality at West Brom’s disposal, even though he has cut a peripheral figure at Tottenham, who are seeking £20m including add-ons.The 24-year-old has attracted interest from Southampton, Stoke and Crystal Palace and is keen to move on to play regular football, though negotiations are likely to enter next week before conclusion.Guardiola has spent a substantial amount of money to sign defenders this summer, and remains unfazed as he is set to spend more with the capture of Evans.