West Brom manager Alan Pardew has conceded that he is worried about losing Jonny Evans in the January transfer window, the Daily Mail reports.
Pardew spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of his side’s trip to Swansea at the weekend, and Evans’ future at the Hawthorns was certainly a talking point.
There’s interest in him because there was interest in the summer and it makes sense to stir it up – it makes good headlines for the media and I understand that and we deal with it.
Jonny’s dealt with it in his way. He was terrific for me against Crystal Palace, I can only go on his performance and I thought he was outstanding.
You are never confident when you’ve got great players because other clubs want great players so your best players are always vulnerable. Jonny Evans is certainly one of them, and he’s our captain. Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.
Evans has been linked with a plethora of Premier League clubs in the recent months, with the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal said to be interested in signing the former Manchester United man.
The Northern Ireland international has not committed his future at the Hawthorns and currently has only 18 months remaining on his existing deal.
Pardew will be keen to keep hold of his key men in the January window as he aims to help West Brom out of a relegation battle.
The ex-Newcastle boss took charge of his first game at the club last weekend, drawing 0-0 against his old side Crystal Palace.