Breaking: Jonny Evans is a Gunner? Man City beaten

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ARSENAL are closing in on Jonny Evans as they continue to strengthen ahead of next Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

The Gunners upped their bid to £50.9m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

And a deal for the Borussia Dortmund striker, which could see Olivier Giroud go the other way on loan, is edging nearer.

At the back, meanwhile, Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his options and find a long-term replacement for Per Mertesacker.

West Brom centre-half Evans has been tracked since last summer by Arsenal and Manchester City.

But Pep Guardiola appears to have turned his attention to Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte.

As a result, Arsenal now have a clean run at Evans, and according to the Daily Mail, he is open to moving to London.

The Northern Ireland international had previously been reluctant to relocate down south.

However, Arsenal are said to have received encouragement the 30-year-old is ready to join.

West Brom know they can lose Evans for just £3m if they are relegated and are prepared to sell this week.

The Daily Mail say a deadline of Sunday has been set for a move to be completed.

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