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Talking of veterans, the Daily Star reports that the Gunners have “launched a bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans”.
Like Mertens, the Northern Irishman is 31 and his experience is valued among a string of top clubs with Manchester City also reportedly interested.
With the Baggies having been relegated to the Championship, it’s surely only a matter of time before Evans hands in a transfer request, and the Star says that he could be available for as little as £3m, due to a relegation release clause in his contract.
Apparently Evans (whose contract runs until the end of next season) is one of a number of West Brom players who will set down to discuss their futures with club officials this week.