Breaking: Jonny Evans to Arsenal is as good as done

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JONNY EVANS is ‘likely’ to join Arsenal this month.

Evans is wanted by Arsenal to help beef up their defence.

Arsene Wenger lost Brazilian Gabriel Paulista to Valencia last summer and will be without Per Mertesacker from the end of the season when the German retires and takes up a coaching role.

It’s led to the Gunners shopping around for an experienced option to step in and fill the void.

And Evans fits the bill.

Starsport understand a £10m offer plus unwanted defender Mathieu Debuchy is on the table.

Both parties have until 11pm on Wednesday to strike a deal, when the January window closes.

And The Telegraph claim an Arsenal switch for Evans is now ‘likely’ to go through.

Manchester City were frontrunners to get the Northern Ireland international with a move back to the north-west favoured by the ex-Manchester United defender.

But Pep Guardiola has decided to go for Aymeric Laporte instead.

The Athletic Bilbao defender is available for £57m and at 23 years old, City view the centre-back as a better long-term investment than Evans, 30.

Baggies boss Alan Pardew admits he’s spoken about a transfer with the club’s captain.

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