Report: Pardew holds talks with West Brom's Jonny Evans, sets deadline for potential deal

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Exeter City and West Bromwich Albion at St James Park on January 6, 2018 in...

Arsenal and Manchester City are reportedly interested in the West Bromwich Albion man.

Former manager of Crystal Palace and Newcastle, Alan Pardew arrives to work for the media ahead of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester City at the...

Baggies boss Alan Pardew has held 'candid' talks with Jonny Evans over his potential January exit from the Hawthorns, according to the Daily Mail, and has set a deadline of January 28th for any potential deal to go through.

The 30-year-old centre-back has been heavily linked with moves to Manchester City and Arsenal, according to the Express, but no formal bids have been made as yet.

Pardew will obviously not want to lose arguably his best player this month, but his hand might just be forced, if he wishes to fund a January spending spree of his own.

West Bromwich Albion's Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans (R) defends against Newcastle United's English midfielder Jacob Murphy (L) during the English Premier League football match...

Evans joined West Brom from Manchester United in the summer of 2015, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £6 million, and he has gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent performers.

The Daily Mail report that whilst Pardew would like to keep him at the Hawthorns, he has informed the Northern Ireland international that he will be allowed to leave, and has set a deadline of January 28th, if either Man City or Arsenal are to sign him.

West Bromwich Albion Football Club player Jonny Evans attends a press conference in Hong Kong on July 18, 2017, ahead of the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy being played on July 19 and 22.

The Baggies boss is obviously keen to get his business done early, and selling Evans on deadline day will not be an option.

Whether City or the Gunners will react to Pardew's reported deadline remains to be seen, however.

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