ARSENAL are close to agreeing a deal with West Brom for defender Jonny Evans.

The Gunners are hoping to clinch the signing of the Northern Ireland defender this month as Arsene Wenger looks to finally end his search for a top class signing at the back.

And SunSport understands West Brom and Arsenal are inching closer to finalising a figure of around £25million for the former Manchester United star.

Evans' future at The Hawthorns has been unclear since last summer, when the Gunners and Manchester City both enquired over his availability.