West Brom boss tells Arsenal to increase Evans bid

West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Pardew has revealed that Arsenal are yet to put an acceptable offer on the table for Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans.

Evans was strongly linked with a move away from West Brom during the summer, with Manchester City said to be interested in the former Manchester United defender.

Arsenal are now believed to lead the race as the Gunners attempt to boost their squad before the January transfer window closes next week.

Pardew has claimed that West Brom would be prepared to sell Evans ‘if the price is right’.

However, the Baggies boss has insisted that Arsenal – nor any other club – have submitted an offer which meets the club’s value of the centre-back.

Pardew told reporters:

“The Arsenal deal is paper talk, someone has released that and it’s not true. Jonny is still at the football club and we’ve not had a bid put to us which is anywhere near acceptable.

“We might sell if the price is right. We’ve had a couple of enquiries of what we would be looking for, and the answer has been ‘we’re not gonna tell you’.

“You make a bid and you’ll get some gauge. We don’t really want to sell Jonny but we’ll see.”

Evans, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is fast closing on 100 appearances for West Brom following a move from Man United in the summer of 2015.

The 30-year-old is contracted to the Baggies until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.