Date: 19th January 2018 at 12:33am
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West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew has said that despite the speculation linking skipper Jonny Evans with a move away from the club – namely Manchester City – there have been no firm offers for the Northern Ireland international.

With Arsenal also linked with the centre half, Pardew went further and said that the club wouldn’t sanction a deal if interest became real late on in the window either.

Speaking to Sky Sports as he met with the media this week, Pardew explained when asked about any formal offers coming in.

‘None. Is it a worry it’s dragging on? From my point of view there is no bid so there’s nothing to discuss. On the other hand, we have scenarios that are going to time out if we don’t get a bid for Jonny that’s acceptable for him and us. Jonny hasn’t come to see me this week so I’m in the dark a little bit. We haven’t had a phone call from another football club and that’s where it stands. In terms of our plans to use that money if it was to come in the door, that time is ticking away and that concerns me a little bit more.’

Having stated that we have our own cut off point for a deal to be done, that allows us time to strengthen and reinvest whatever our valuation of Evans is, Pardew was also quick to point out that Evans had been nothing but a model professional across the month so far.

‘I don’t think that’s the case for all players who have been aligned with maybe bigger clubs. He has been terrific, in and around the training ground, everything. He has a core mentality about this sort of thing. Other players that I’ve experienced in the past, their emotions can get the better of them and they do things that let themselves down. You have to remind them that they’re letting their team-mates down. I’ve not had anything like that with Jonny. It’s a pat on the back really for him and the character that he is.’

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