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Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill believes Jonny Evans would be a success at Manchester City

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill believes Jonny Evans would be a success at Manchester City if he ends up moving from West Brom.

The Baggies captain has missed their opening three games but O'Neill has named him in his 25-man squad for the World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino and the Czech Republic.

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty and Jonny Evans Credit: Pacemaker

Albion rejected a bid from City for the 29-year-old defender last week and Evans' club manager Tony Pulis insists the player's absence from his team is purely down to a hamstring issue.

At a press conference on Wednesday Michael O'Neill revealed the defender is confident he can represent his country in the qualifiers.

"I don't want to comment too much on Jonny's fitness because it's between him and his club at the moment. In conversations with Jonny, he's optimistic he's going to be fit to play. We have to see what happens at the weekend."

O'Neill announces his squad for the World Cup Qualifiers Credit: Pacemaker

Evans' immediate club future will be resolved by the time he next pulls on a green shirt as the transfer window shuts the day before O'Neill's team play San Marino.

O'Neill spoke of his belief in ex-Manchester United defender Evans' ability.

"I believe Jonny is a player that can play at the top end of the Premier League.

"That's not being disrespectful to West Bromwich Albion; they've been great for him in the two years he's been there."

O'Neill added: "He's played previously for nine years at the biggest club in the world so I think if the opportunity is there and it comes to fruition he would be a very good signing for Manchester City. At this minute in time it's not for me, it's between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City."

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