Manchester United have agreed a fee with West Bromwich Albion for the transfer of Jonny Evans. The two clubs reached an agreement on Friday (28 July), which will see the Northern Irishman move to the Hawthorns for a fee in the region of £6m ($9.2m) plus a further £2m in add-ons.
According to BBC Sport, the United defender will travel to the Midlands to finalise his move, with the transfer set to be completed over the weekend. But it will be too late for Evans to be considered for the Baggies' clash against Stoke City on Saturday 29 August.
The 27-year-old defender came through the youth ranks at United, and has made 198 appearances for the club winning three Premier League titles. But Evans, who featured quite consistently under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, fell out of favour under Louis van Gaal and made just 14 appearances in the league last season. A part of it was due to a combination of injuries and a six-game ban for a spitting incident involving Papiss Cisse of Newcastle United.
Tony Pulis confirmed the club's interest in the player and is confident that he can become a big asset for the club. The Northern Ireland international will join former teammate Darren Fletcher, who joined the Baggies in January, and was this season appointed as club captain.
"Jonny would be a great signing for the football club but it's down to the money men and his side. It takes three parties, the player and the clubs. I'd love to sign Jonny Evans," the former Stoke City manager said, as quoted by the Guardian.
Meanwhile, United defender Tyler Blackett is also closing in on a move away from the club albeit a temporary one. According to the Daily Mail, the young defender will join Celtic on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old defender, who can also play at left-back, is the second Red Devils player to join the Scottish champions this summer, after Saidy Janko joined them earlier on a permanent basis. The report claims that Blackett is being signed as a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, who is reportedly close to joining Southampton.