With the January transfer window just around the corner, it appears that West Brom may have to start preparing for the possibility that Jonny Evans may end the window at another club.
The Express and Star recently reported that the Baggies are planning to offer the Northern Irishman a new contract in an attempt to stave off the interest coming from a host of their Premier League rivals - but he is unlikely to sign the new deal.
The news will undoubtedly prove a blow for Alan Pardew, and with just 18 months left to run on the centre-back's contract - as reported by the Express and Star - selling him in January could well be an option the club consider if they are determined to get as much money for him as possible.
Should they decide to sell Evans, then perhaps West Brom should consider making a move for Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins next month.
Tomkins has been an important player for the Eagles this term, especially during their recent turnaround in form, and The Sun has reported that he is attracting attention from Everton.
The Sun adds that Palace will be looking for £20 million for Tomkins before they consider selling, and given that the Express and Star reports that the Baggies are holding out for around £30 million for Evans, West Brom would seemingly have the funds to bring the 28-year-old in and perhaps even strengthen further.
Losing Evans would undoubtedly be a massive blow for West Brom, but if they can land a player with a vast amount of Premier League experience as his replacement - and someone Pardew may have been aware of when he was coming through the ranks at West Ham while the 56-year-old was first-team boss - that may well soften that blow ever so slightly.