West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has suggested that Jonny Evans will stay at the club beyond Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
The former Manchester United defender has been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns since last summer with Arsenal and Manchester City being most strongly linked. He has also been briefly linked with a return to Old Trafford, although that speculation disappeared fairly quickly.
Manchester City have since gone on to sign Aymeric Laporte in a club record £57m transfer, while Arsenal are seemingly more focussed on sorting out a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rather than strengthening their defence at the moment.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League fixture against Man City, Pardew admitted one of his team could leave the Baggies before the deadline, but denied that player is Jonny Evans. Pardew said:
“I have nothing to complain about, as I stand now I have a good squad and I don’t really want to lose anyone.
“We do have one player who we think might go out but it’s not Jonny Evans or James McClean.”
Evans is believed to be rated at around £25m, but could leave for just £3m if the club are relegated. The Baggies are currently in 19th, three points from safety, but will be bouyed by beating Liverpool in the FA Cup at the weekend.