Pardew fears Evans's departure in January


Evans will now face a hard choice going into the second half of the Premier League season, with the option of becoming a squad player at runaway leaders Manchester City - or remaining with first team football elsewhere.

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.

The former Manchester United defender was the subject of continual interest from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the summer, and City have maintained their pursuit going into the January transfer window despite the move breaking down in August. Do I want to lose him?

Pardew praised Evans' commitment to the club, saying, "There was interest in him in the summer so it makes sense to stir it up". Of course not. Do I fear losing him?

"I'm never confident when you've got great players because other clubs want great players, so your best players are always vulnerable", Pardew told the media before he takes charge of West Brom for the second time in Saturday's (9 December) clash with rock-bottom Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

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The Reds are determined to keep hold of their star but Barca are expected to return with another mega-money bid in January. But it can't help but rankle a little that a key player won't commit to staying at least until the end of the season.

"He will certainly stay as captain". Of course I do'.

"I have some good history with Nicky Hammond in terms of what we did at Reading and I trust him 100 per cent on the transfer front and with the scouting team", said Pardew. He was terrific for me. "We have to look at ourselves and raise our performances".

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, will see Per Mertesacker retire at the end of the current campaign.

"We need to turn up on Saturday afternoon and we need to win the game".