- Manchester United defender Jonny Evans was not offered a new contract
- Everton are close to agreeing a fee with United for the 27-year-old
- The Northern Ireland international will cost the Merseyside outfit £7million
- Jones has been hampered by injuries in recent seasons at United
Everton are close to agreeing a fee with Manchester United for defender Jonny Evans.
The Merseyside club are hoping to pay in the region of £7m for the Irish international who has a year left on is Old Trafford contract and has not been offered a new one.
Currently on tour in America with United, the 27-year-old will fly home to talk to Everton once a deal is in place.
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans (right, at a golf day on July 7) is heading for the Old Trafford exit
Evans is currently on United’s pre-season tour in America (right) but he would leave if a deal is agreed
The Northern Ireland defender has been hampered by injuries and has not been given a new contract
Sportsmail revealed at the start of the summer that Evans would not be given a new deal, unlike central defensive team-mates Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and that Everton were leading the interested clubs.
Having come through the ranks at United, he has won three Barclays Premier League medals and two League Cups but has been hampered by injuries in recent years.
Last season, Evans played a part in 17 of United’s matches last season, 14 of which in the Premier League.
Roberto Martinez is looking to add some depth to his squad, but speaking at a press conference at the Barclays Asia Trophy, the Everton boss admitted there would not be any drastic movement at Goodison Park.
‘At the moment we’re just looking to build on what we’ve done in the last four [transfer] windows,’ Martinez said.
‘I think now we’ve got a really strong group, We’ve probably got the most exciting youngsters that you’re going to see in the league, we’ve got exceptional leaders and players with incredible experience and at the best moment of their careers. I think that mixture is perfect.’
Evans (right) played a part in 17 Manchester United matches last season, but couldn’t hold down a place
Roberto Martinez, currently away with Everton at the Barclays Asia Trophy, is looking to add to his squad
The 27-year-old (left) was involved in an alleged spitting incident last season, and was banned for six games
Source: Daily Mail