'Fast asleep': Newcastle and Everton fans rue missed Jonny Evans chance

Dejected Everton fans look on following their team's 6-1 defeat 2during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on August 15, 2009 in Liverpool,...

Jonny Evans has signed for Leicester City from West Brom but why weren't Premier League duo Everton and Newcastle United making a move?

West Bromwich Albion's Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans (R) defends against Newcastle United's English midfielder Jacob Murphy (L) during the English Premier League football match...

£3.5million was such a bargain for Jonny Evans that everyone seemed to forget just how much he struggled as West Bromwich Albion finished bottom of the Premier League last season.

Leicester City have now won the race for the Northern Ireland defender, who was available for around ten percent of his market value thanks to a relegation clause in his Baggies’ contract.

Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) takes on West Bromwich Albion's Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans (R) during the English Premier League football match between...

But while Leicester fans are toasting one of the best deals the Premier League will see this summer, fans of rival clubs are wondering why they did not go all out to sign Evans for a pocket change fee.

Questions surely have to be asked of both Newcastle United and Everton, who are in the market for centre-halves this summer.

Jonny Evans of Manchester United celebrates prior to having his goal disallowed during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on...

The Mirror stated back in April that Newcastle are keen to sign the former Premier League champion, and Evans would have been a fine addition to a back line already containing the ever-improving partnership of Florian Lejuene and Jamaal Lascelles.

The Mirror also claimed that Everton were preparing a summer bid for the 30-year-old, with the centre of defence arguably the weakest area of the Toffees’ unbalanced squad. Instead, Everton seem to be looking at far more expensive options, which appeared to have left Leicester free to strike what could be a brilliant deal.

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