West Brom manager Pardew afraid of losing captain Evans

Everton and West Ham join Evans chase

West Brom rejected all bids in the summer despite Pep Guardiola offering £18m and Leicester £25m but, with Evans' contract due to expire in 18 months, Pardew admits he can not guarantee keeping him next month.

West Brom dealt with interest in Evans throughout the summer and rebuffed bids from Arsenal and Leicester City worth £25m ($33.5m) before the deadline.

Pardew praised Evans' commitment to the club, saying, "There was interest in him in the summer so it makes sense to stir it up".

West Ham would surely be hoping that inflated quotation is a fee which gets reduced if they are to stand a chance of doing a deal. Course not. Do I fear losing him?

Pardew was named West Brom manager last week with the club in 17th position and his first game in charge ended in a goalless draw with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace, helping the Baggies maintain a three-point gap above the relegation zone.

West Ham are not going to be Evans' only option, with Everton now keen and Manchester City expressing their interest in the summer, which led to the high price tag.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Pardew said: "Jonny Evans is our captain".

However the player should seriously consider whether joining City will be a good move as there is a chance that he could end up spending more time on the bench than on the field. "Of course I do", Pardew, who was appointed West Bromwich's manager last week, told the press on Thursday. A six-pointer is when there's two games to go and you need to win six points to stay in the division.



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