MANCHESTER CITY will not be held to ransom by West Brom over Jonny Evans and insist they have other defensive targets. Albion have rejected an £18m bid from City for Evans but boss Tony Pulis admits he could be forced to sell the former Manchester United player if they return with a bigger offer. That will depend on whether City can sell unwanted trio Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri or Wilfried Bony, but while Guardiola has made no secret he wants a fourth centre-back, he insists that if a deal doesn’t materialise either for Evans or his other targets, Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez, he is happy with the players he has got. “He’s a player for West Brom. It’s still the same. Tony Pulis was clear so there’s nothing to talk about,” said Guardiola. “We are trying to build the best squad as possible for the long season. We are going to see how the market finishes. If someone comes in we are happy but if we have to stay with the players we have right now we are happy too.” Pulis says newly-appointed captain Evans will not kick up a stink to force his exit but admits he will go if City make an offer Albion cannot refuse – thought to be around £30m.
Manchester City tell West Brom: You won't hold us to ransom over Jonny Evans
The Express | Aug 19