Alan Pardew says that West Brom have yet to receive an official offer for Jonny Evans.
The Albion club captain has been linked with a number of clubs in recent months including Everton, Arsenal and former club Manchester United, and he was heavily linked with Manchester City last summer.
The Northern Ireland international has just 18 months left on his current deal at the Hawthorns, and although the club haven’t received an offer yet, Pardew has admitted that the club have made plans for life without Evans.
When asked whether West Brom would retain Evans, Pardew said;
It is very much about the bid coming first because there is so much speculation.
We need to see a bid and we haven’t seen a bid so all I can report is the facts. We haven’t received a bid so Jonny stays here.
Pardew also revealed that the club would have “no problem” with offering a new deal to Evans, but that he would not be involved in potential financial negotiations. He added;
We would give Jonny a new deal – there is no problem about that. I think he is very much aware of that.
I think it is about the player and the club coming to an agreement. I don’t do that side of the finance but of course we want to keep our best players.
West Brom will need to keep Evans for as long as possible if they are to remain in the Premier League for next season. They are currently on a 20-game winless run in the Premier League, while languishing in 19th place in the league table.