JONNY EVANS, who played for Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City, is poised to agree with a one-year deal at Manchester United.
The 35-year-old Northern Ireland international centre-back could have been a player to answer an SOS from the Celtic manager.
Rodgers revealed earlier today that Cameron Carter-Vickers and Maik Nawrocki will both be out for around two months after sustaining hamstring injuries, as CQN reported.
Back-up stopper Stephen Welsh has also been sidelined after a freak accident in training last week. The former Scotland Under-21 captain is likely to be ruled out for three to four months.
THE WAY WE WERE…Brendan Rodgers and captain Jonny Evans during their years at Leicester City.
Rodgers is now ready to plunge into the transfer market for at least one replacement before the transfer deadline a week today.
At the moment, the Irishman is struggling for bodies with just new Bhoy Gustaf Lagerbiekle, signed last week from Elfsborg, and Republic of Ireland international Liam Scales, who spent last season on loan at Aberdeen, available for the central defensive slots.
Yuki Kobayashi, signed from Vissel Kobe in January, is also struggling for match fitness following a pre-season knock.
Evans, who was a first-team mainstay and captain during Rodgers’ four-year stint at the Midlands club, is up for grabs as a free agent, but is ready to agree a 12-month contract with his ex-Old Trafford club.
The veteran was linked with the champions earlier in the summer, but signed a short-term pre-season deal with United and was involved in their warm-up tour of The States.
UNDER PRESSURE…Brendan Rodgers reveals the extent of the champions’ injury problems to the media today. Image courtesy Celtic TV.
Evans played almost 200 games for the Manchester giants before being sold to West Brom in 2015. He moved to Leicester City three years later and caught up with Rodgers in February 2019.
United manager Erik ten Hag is now ready to offer the stopper a one-year deal as an experienced option as cover at centre-half, according to a report in The Telegraph.
The club and the player have been in talks over terms until the end of the season and it is understood the situation is likely to be resolved in the coming days.