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Everton have entered the race to sign West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window according to reports in The Sun.

New boss Sam Allardyce has already been linked with a move for Watford striker Troy Deeney, to bolster the forward line, as well as Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi for the midfield and now it is understood that he is weighing up a £30million bid for the Northern Ireland international to shore up the backline.

The common denominator with all three is that they all have Premier League experience and that is key with Allardyce as he attempts to navigate Everton up the table after what has been a shocking season so far.

Evans was the subject of a big-money bid from league leaders Manchester City in August and it looked odds-on he would end up there until the move fell through at the 11th hour, with the veteran remaining at West Brom.

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Everton may encounter a problem in prising Evans from the Hawthorns in the shape of new Albion manager Alan Pardew who is a keen admirer of the player and tried to sign him when he was in charge at Newcastle United.

Having just taken over at West Brom the loss of the club captain is certainly not what the former Crystal Palace boss would want as he himself is fighting to pull his side away from the wrong end of the table.

It promises to be a busy window for Everton and even though £150m was spent by the club in the summer, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has promised to back Allardyce with the required funds to nail his targets.

The Toffees will look to continue their recent revival under the former England boss but face the daunting prospect of a visit to high-flying Liverpool on Sunday in the Merseyside derby.

As for West Brom they visit Swansea City for a crucial relegation six-pointer on Saturday with both teams desperate for the spoils.