Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

West Brom Set Transfer Cut-Off Date amid Evans Speculation

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

West Brom Set Transfer Cut-Off Date amid Evans Speculation

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WEST Brom manager Alan Pardew has given an update on the future of defender Jonny Evans amid fresh speculation about a possible move to Manchester City or Arsenal.

The Blues are hoping to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window as they look to build on their impressive start to the season by claiming silverware.

Pardew has admitted he held 'candid' talks with Evans over a possible move - and set a deadline of January 27 or 28 for any deal to go through.

City were interested in the central defender last summer but opted against a pursuit when Eliaquim Mangala turned down moves elsewhere.

Injuries to Vincent Kompany and John Stones this season have reinforced Pep Guardiola's belief he needs another centreback, and it is understood Evans remains an option alongside Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez.

And now Pardew has reacted to the speculation on Evans, telling reporters: "It would be inappropriate if I didn't speak to him (Evans) a little more candidly than I'm talking to you. …

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