Man Utd plot Jonny Evans return with Solskjaer’s January budget restricted

Manchester United are set to plot a move for former defender and Leicester star Jonny Evans as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s January budget has been limited.

The Red Devils have been facing questions over their defensive ability this season, conceding 18 goals in 14 games so far.

It has seen speculation emerge that Solskjaer will dip into the January transfer window as he looks for a player to consistently partner £80m captain Harry Maguire.

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano’s name has come up after the Frenchman admitted he would be leaving the club.

But The Sun have reported that United could turn to former player Evans to shore up the defence.

The Northern Irishman, who made nearly 200 appearances for the Red Devils after graduating from the academy, left Old Trafford in 2015 for West Brom.

And he arrived at Leicester in 2018, making himself a regular for the last two seasons.

But Evans is in the last year of his contract at the King Power Stadium and is yet to discuss a new deal.

The report also states that United have just £20m to spent in the January transfer window unless they sell.

If Evans does not have a new deal by the beginning of 2021, a move for the centre-back could be of interest to Solskjaer.

And a source inside the club said the Old Trafford academy star is on their radar, with: “Johnny’s name has come up in conversation.

“There are still a lot of people here who have plenty of time for him – and that includes Ole and Mike Phelan.”

Evans spent the first two senior seasons of his United career out on loan at Royal Antwerp and Sunderland before getting into Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans.

But the Northern Irishman is currently sitting higher in the table than his former side, with Leicester fitting fourth in the Premier League table – nine places above United before kick-off against Southampton.

Solskjaer is also looking to keep his current crop of defenders happy by “making an offer” to Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

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