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By ESPN Staff

United starlet Evans to join Sunderland on loan

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans will join Sunderland next week after agreeing a loan deal.

And the 19-year-old could line-up alongside Old Trafford team-mate Phil Bardsley after the pair held talks this week with a view to playing a part in the Black Cats' push for promotion back to the Premiership.

Evans, who will spend the rest of the season on Wearside, is expected to be in the crowd at the Stadium of Light for tomorrow's Championship clash with high-flying Preston after manager Roy Keane discussed the move with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Keane said: 'Phil Bardsley came up here on Wednesday, had a look around and we had a good chat.

'He is having a few days to think things over and hopefully he will come back with a positive answer.

'Jonny looks a done deal. I spoke with the manager at United and Jonny's agent yesterday. He will come here next week and is hoping to be at the game tomorrow.

'I am absolutely delighted with that because he will be a top player. He is young, hungry and he is a tough lad. I have seen him play enough times. People might not know a lot about him, but I know enough to know he will add something to our team and our squad.

'I think it is of great benefit to the player because if he is trying to make a career at Manchester United, Sunderland is a great opportunity for him to come and play.

'He is a centre-half who can also play at full-back, but I probably see him more as a centre-half.'

Northern Ireland international Evans has been on loan at United's Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp this season, following in the footsteps of 21-year-old right-back Bardsley.

The older man has made 17 senior appearances for Ferguson's side and has had loan spells at Antwerp, Burnley and Rangers.

Keane told the club's official website: 'Bardo played here last year in the Premiership with United. Things have not gone too well for him at Rangers. He had a fall-out with the manager there - hopefully that is the last of his fall-outs with managers.

'I have trained and played with Bardo enough times and it is a great chance for him to come here and help us try to get back in the Premiership.'