There looks like being a mini Midlands flourish in the transfer market in the near future, according to Sky Sports, with reports that West Brom have agreed a fee for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, a deal that would then allow Joleon Lescott to move to rivals Aston Villa.
Both transfers have been rumoured for some time, with Evans having failed to make an appearance for United this season despite Louis van Gaal struggling for central defenders.
The Northern Ireland international has made just under 200 appearances for the Red Devils, but has been out of favour since the Dutchman took over at Old Trafford, and is now set for a medical at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies have been chasing the 27-year-old as an alternative to Tottenham's Federico Fazio, with the Argentine failing to agree personal terms over a switch earlier this month. They may be able to rely on Evans' former teammate Darren Fletcher having nothing but good things to say about the club, after the Scot impressed following his own move from Manchester to the Hawthorns.
Tony Pulis is quoted by Sky as admitting he is interested in the United man, saying: "I would love to sign Jonny Evans. I think he would be a great signing, now it’s down to the money men and his side. Three parties have to agree: the two clubs and the player himself."
Evans' likely arrival will now mean Pulis allows former England defender Joleon Lescott to join Aston Villa say Sky Sports, in a deal that will cost Tim Sherwood's side £2 million, though the 33-year-old will not be allowed to leave until the Baggies secure his replacement.
That would see Lescott paired up with Micah Richards in the Villa defence, a much more solid pairing than they have had in recent years, considering Lescott's contribution to the Baggies' impressive defensive form last season. Only Chelsea had more clean sheets than West Brom, and no one outside of Stamford Bridge was involved in more shutouts that the former Manchester City and Everton man who, if he moves to the Villa Park, will have amazingly played for Wolves, West Brom and Villa.