West Brom manager Alan Pardew wants the club to tie down central defender Jonny Evans to a new long-term contract, amid interest from Arsenal, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Both Manchester City and Arsenal were heavily linked with the payer throughout the January transfer window, but a deal did not materialise.

Pardew is keen to keep the player, seeing him as one of their most important players and has plans for next season to build the entire team around him.

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The Baggies were adamant that he wouldn’t be leaving the club even with their £25 million price tag that was placed on his head in January.

They also turned down a £12 million deadline day move from Arsenal for the player as they see him playing an important role as they try to beat the drop.

The defender has a £3 million relegation release clause, meaning the Baggies could lose the player on the cheap in the summer.

Pardew spoke about the situation following the loss to Southampton in the Premier League.

If not, in the summer again we’re going to have this situation. That’s something that I will speak to the board about in the next couple of weeks ago.

He can only be open to those discussions if the figures are right because the market dictates and we have to understand what those figures would have been elsewhere. Whether we can reach those figures I don’t know.