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Wolves ready to pounce on United defender

As they look to strengthen their squad ahead of another season in the Premier League, Wolves are preparing a bid for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

Mick McCarthy has grown increasingly frustrated with his efforts to land Reading’s Matt Mills or Birmingham’s Roger Johnson in recent weeks.

The Wolves boss tabled a £7m offer for the latter recently, but the move doesn’t appear to be progressing as he would like. Therefore, he is looking to use the money elsewhere.

This is where Evans comes in. Manchester United have already signed England Under-21 defender Phil Jones this summer and with fellow youngster Chris Smalling a significant part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans, Evans could be surplus to requirements.

United are likely to be happy with around £7m for the Irishman too so if Wolves act quickly they could get their man.

The problem could be convincing Evans to make the move. He would perhaps be interested in a season long loan deal, but to permanently call time on his Old Trafford career would be a big decision to make.

Wolves are expected to be fighting survival again this year too, so is Evans prepared to swap challenging for the title for being happy with 17th position?

With Ferguson having somewhat of a defensive clear out this summer though – both Wes Brown and John O’Shea are expected to move on – Evans might not have a choice with regards to looking for a new club.

Perhaps he will wait to see if a team likely to challenge further up the table comes in for him, but for now Wolves are very interested in Jonny Evans and if he wants to play first-team football next year he might have to give life at Molinuex a go.

Elsewhere, Manchester United have dismissed reports that Nani is set to leave the club following the arrival of Ashley Young from Aston Villa.

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