As Alan Pardew enters West Bromwich Albion, one of the hot topics at the club is the future of Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans.
The 29-year-old has attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester City, city rivals of his former club whom he supports, Manchester United.
There were bids rejected in excess of £30m for Evans in the summer from Manchester City, and £25m from Arsenal, which former Baggies boss Tony Pulis turned down.
Evans’ contract runs out in 2019, but all of this interest over his brilliant performances in a West Brom shirt is suggesting he may not be at the Hawthorns by the time that comes around.
The defender, who nearly helped Northern Ireland get to their first World Cup since 1986, will talk to his new boss Alan Pardew soon to discuss what is to happen to help Albion stay up, with Pardew maybe needing to sell in order to buy.
Speaking to the media, Pardew said (via BBC):
Jonny is a fabulous player and very important to the club.
I am looking forward to seeing him and having a good old discussion with him.
Evans, although scoring an own goal which made West Brom throw away a two-goal lead against Newcastle United, is an invaluable player and a brilliant defender, but all will depend on him, Pardew and other clubs’ interest.