Sport Wenger denies Arsenal bid for West Brom defender Evans

23:30  07 january  2018
23:30  07 january  2018 Source:   Goal.com

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ARSENAL are close to agreeing a deal with West Brom for defender Jonny Evans . The Gunners are hoping to clinch the signing of the Northern Ireland defender this month as Arsene Wenger looks to finally end his search for a top class signing at the back.

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Jonny Evans West Brom © Provided by Goal Jonny Evans West Brom

Arsene Wenger denied Arsenal are close to welcoming another new face to the Emirates Stadium following reports he is keen on a move for West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans.

Evans, a long-term reported Arsenal target, continues to be linked with leaving West Brom, who have not won in the Premier League since August.

Arsenal have already bolstered their defensive options in the January transfer window by bringing in Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina, although Wenger has suggested the 20-year-old could be sent out on loan.

And Wenger, whose side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest on Sunday, claims Arsenal are not closing in on Evans, who has also been linked with Manchester City.

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Arsene Wenger is yet to make a bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans (pictured). Wenger has looked at Evans as a possible solution to Arsenal 's centre-back crisis.

Arsenal have made an enquiry for West Brom defender Jonny Evans though have yet to make a bid . The 30-year-old centre-back is also a target for Manchester City, Everton and Leicester.

"No, I cannot give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anybody," the Frenchman said in his post-match press conference.

"We signed a Greek boy [Mavropanos] who looks quite good in training but, apart from that, we have not done anything.

"Will we be out there to do something? Yes, we will."

Wenger had to watch from the stands due a three-match touchline ban as holders Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round for the first time in his 22-year reign.

But the 68-year-old denied his absence from the dugout was a factor as managerless Forest completed a famous 4-2 victory at the City Ground.

"No, I wouldn't say that," said Wenger, whose seven titles make him the FA Cup's most successful manager.

"I just think that we were not good enough anywhere, not at the front and not in the middle or at the back.

"We paid for it and they looked sharper, had more chances and that's all I can say. Nottingham Forest had an outstanding performance today. We couldn't fault any individual performance from Forest today.

"It hurts very much. We've won the FA Cup three times in the last four years. On the other end, we don't win the FA Cup every year. It's a difficult competition to win. Of course, it hurts very much to go out in the third round."

On having to watch the game from the City Ground's directors' box, Wenger added: "Bad. I hate it."

Pardew won't wait till deadline day to sell Evans .
West Brom manager Alan Pardew has warned that he won’t be forced to sell Jonny Evans on deadline day. Pardew has set a cut-off point of three days before the window shuts, if clubs want to make their move to sign the Northern Ireland defender. Arsenal and Manchester City have been linked with big money moves for the former Manchester United defender, but Pardew will be hoping Evans chooses to remain at the Hawthorns if Albion are to retain their Premier League status. So far there have been no concrete offers for the Baggies’ captain, however Pardew says that he has had a word with the player on the side. Pardew said; “I think it would have been inappropriate not to have had him on side and had a word. I think we’ve got a good respect for each other and we looked each other in the eye.” “The thing with Jonny is not a new thing to this football club – it was going on in the summer. It’s new to me having just come here but it’s been around for while.” “I had a similar situation with Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle. He was definitely, definitely going – but he didn’t go. I will put a cut-off date on any transfer.” “That’s why I’d say three or four days before the window shuts and no later if it’s a big transfer of an important player.” If Albion do sell Evans this month, they’ll be expecting to receive around £35million for him.

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