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Arsenal are closing in on the £25m signing of Jonny Evans from West Brom with an agreement near.
The Baggies defender has been wanted by the Gunners since the summer as Arsene Wenger looks to sure up his defence.
And now The Sun claim Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Evans during the January transfer window.
Manchester City and the Gunners were interested in the Northern Ireland international in the summer but failed to get any deal over the line.
Evans is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and will be expected to strengthen Arsenal’s defence.
The former Manchester United man has made 20 appearances for West Brom in all competitions this season.
West Brom boss Alan Pardew recently admitted Evans could leave the club.
He said: “I have always thought that you would be slightly naive in your job if you didn’t try to cover all the barriers here, the options that might happen and might not happen. So there is a scenario that Jonny Evans might move. For sure I have looked at that.
“There is a scenario that Jonny doesn’t move. There is a scenario that someone else moves.
“What happens if we get another injury to let’s say Chris Brunt, then I have him, [James] Morrison and [Nacer] Chadli missing, how is that going to work?
“I have to cover all those and with [technical director] Nicky Hammond, someone I know well and who is brilliant at his job, I am pretty sure we have it all covered. If we do some business in January we will be doing it for the right reasons.”