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Man City ‘odds-on’ to secure potentially crucial January deal

Manchester City supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team continue their march towards the Premier League title with an 18th successive victory at the expense of Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s men were tipped by many to go on and win the league this term, and they are well on their way to doing so by winning 19 of their opening 20 league matches, with Everton the only side to take points off the Citizens in the first half of the campaign. And the North West outfit made it 18 wins in a row on Wednesday night as a Raheem Sterling strike on the half hour mark was enough to see off a resilient Newcastle at St James’ Park, in turn opening up a 15-point lead at the summit of the division over neighbours Manchester United.

Consequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in recent times, and there may be some more good news to follow if a recent report from Ladbrokes is anything to go by, which details that Guardiola’s side are ‘odds-on’ favourites to seal a deal for West Brom’s Jonny Evans next month.

The Northern Ireland international was subject of a late bid from the Citizens at the end of the summer window but no deal materialised, allowing the 29-year-old to continue his fine form in the heart of Alan Pardew’s backline this term.

And that fine form, alongside a possible centre-back crisis at the Etihad Stadium, hasn’t stopped speculation building about a potential move to City, and recent reports from Ladbrokes have the table-toppers 2/5 to secure Evans’ signature in the New Year, ahead of joint-second favourites Everton and Manchester United (5/1).

Thus, it is looking increasing likely that the former Red Devils defender could be making a return to Manchester in January, two-and-a-half years after leaving Old Trafford.

Landlord’s verdict: Vincent Kompany hobbled off injured in Manchester City’s 1-0 win at Newcastle United on Wednesday night, again throwing into doubt whether he can be a reliable option for manager Pep Guardiola going into the second half of the campaign.

And with Eliaquim Mangala far from convincing this term, alongside the recent injury to John Stones, the Citizens boss could be facing somewhat of a centre-back crisis heading into the New Year, so news that they remain interested in West Brom’s Jonny Evans is hardly surprising.

And Ladbrokes reckon that a deal is inevitable in January as they have City down as ‘odds-on’ 2/5 favourites to land the 29-year-old, thus suggesting that a return to Manchester is in the offing for the Northern Ireland star, just two-and-a-half years after leaving neighbours Manchester United.

Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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