Fulham and Sunderland are battling for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

Manager Lawrie Sanchez knows Evans well having selected him while in charge of Northern Ireland but Sunderland boss Roy Keane is also determined to buy the 20-year-old after he impressed during a loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be keen to sell in January after growing concerned at Evans's lack of progress.