Pardew Wants New Deal For Defender
Arsenal could make a fresh move for Jonny Evans in the summer. However, West Bromwich Albion are keen to give the Northern Ireland international a new contract.
The Gunners put in a deadline-day bid of £12million for Evans, an offer that was immediately rejected by West Brom. Previous estimates had put the Baggies’ valuation of the defender at well over £20million.
“I told him what happened on Wednesday, he understood that, and now in my view we need to sit Jonny down and see if we can get a contract that works for him going forward,” said West Brom boss Alan Pardew. “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 or so.”
The problem for the Baggies is that Evans has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for just £3million next summer.
“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,” Pardew added.
“He’s clinical in terms of his thinking and when he comes off the pitch of course he’s effectively CEO of his own company.
“He decides his own fate. It doesn’t matter about the team around him, his agent or anyone else.
“They can say what they like and have an opinion. At the end of the day Jonny Evans says: ‘this is what I want to do’ and I would like him to sign a new contract at this club but Jonny is the man who makes that decision.”
Whether Arsenal will revive their interest in the summer is another question. Their bid came as a surprise as club policy dictates they don’t come in for players over the age of 30. Evans reached that age in the early part of January.