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Manchester United are close to agreeing a one-year contract with Jonny Evans

Manchester United are close to agreeing a one-year contract with defender Jonny Evans, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 35-year-old joined the Red Devils on a short-term contract in the summer and was part of the squad that went on the pre-season tour of the United States.

Man United manager Erik ten Hag has been impressed by what he has seen from Evans in training and feels the former Leicester City star could prove to be an experienced defensive option.

Sir Alex Ferguson once dubbed the Northern Ireland international ‘arguably the best defender in the country’ and was surprised the Old Trafford club sanctioned his sale after he left.

Evans first left Man United in 2015 for West Bromwich Albion before joining the Foxes in 2018, and he was training with the Red Devils under-21s earlier this summer after his contract with Leicester expired.

He was officially handed a short-term deal last month but could now stay until the end of 2023-24, and while he has been signed as a cover, Evans will look to force his way into the manager’s plans.

The Red Devils accepted a £30 million bid from West Ham United for Harry Maguire, but the England international centre-back has opted against leaving.

Ten Hag could now decide against signing another defender this summer with Evans remaining with the club.

Injuries have limited the appearances of the veteran centre-back over the last two seasons, but he played 152 games across all competitions for Leicester and will not be satisfied with joining Man United just to be a squad player.

The Red Devils have signed Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund, and it remains to be seen whether they will make more additions before the summer transfer window closes on September 1.