Jonny Evans should be offered new West Brom deal, says Alan Pardew

Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion during the pre season match between Bristol Rovers and West Bromwich Albion
Image: Jonny Evans should be offered a new contract to remain at West Brom, according to his manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew says he wants the West Brom board to offer Jonny Evans a new contract now the January transfer window has closed.

Evans was linked with Arsenal and Manchester City during the window, and West Brom turned down a Deadline Day bid from the Gunners for the Northern Irishman.

Pardew now wants the 30-year-old to sign a new deal at the Hawthorns to avoid the speculation about his future rearing its head again in the summer.

Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal holds off Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns
Image: West Brom turned down a deadline day bid from Arsenal for Evans

He said: "I told him what happened, 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.

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

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Pardew says Arsenal and other clubs knew that they would not accept any offer for Evans on Deadline Day

"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."

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Evans featured three times for West Brom during January and he is now expected to play a key role in helping the Baggies try to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Brom
Image: Pardew described Evans' attitude as 'spot on'

Pardew praised the centre-half for his conduct throughout the transfer window, saying: "I've spoken to Jonny all the way through.

"I've said to him what I would be saying in the press, that the last two or three days would be very difficult unless the bid was of a significant amount.

"I respect his position 100 per cent and I've tried to be honest and fair with him from the day I walked in and I will be until the day I walk out.

"His conduct around the training ground is spot on."

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