Manchester United are set to complete another summer signing in the coming days, with defender Jonny Evans to be offered a one year deal at Old Trafford to provide cover for their current defensive options.
The former Red Devils, who won the Premier League title three times with the club, has been training with the squad over the summer in order to keep up his fitness after leaving Leicester City at the end of the 2022-23 season.
It was regarded as unlikely that he would be handed a permanent deal at the club, but that now appears to have changed.
As per the Telegraph, United are ‘close to agreeing a one-year contract’ with the defender, largely due to the fact that ‘United manager Erik ten Hag was impressed by what he saw from Evans in training and felt the veteran defender could prove an experienced option as cover at centre-half.’
The decision will raise further questions about the future of Harry Maguire, who was thought to be heading to West Ham United only for a transfer to break down over a payoff dispute between the England international and Manchester United, while the Hammers have since signed Dinos Mavropanos to fill the gap in their squad.
Evans would become Manchester United’s fourth signing of the summer, following the arrival of Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund, though the latter are both currently sidelined through injury.
There were hopes to sign another defender, with Benjamin Pavard one of the names touted with a move to Old Trafford, but Maguire’s U-turn put an end to that speculation.
Instead, United are keen to recruit a midfielder and a goalkeeper before next Friday’s transfer deadline.