The Northern Ireland international found himself at the centre of speculation during the past four transfer windows with Arsenal and Manchester City both interested in signing him. The Gunners made a ‘cheeky’ bid on the final day of the January window according to Baggies boss Alan Pardew, but that is the closest he came to leaving the Hawthorns.
Albion are set to miss out on that fee with his release clause activated when their inevitable relegation to the Championship is confirmed. It means that not only do they lose out on Premier League money until they return, they also lose £27m on Evans’ fee.
Tottenham are looking for cover in the defence with Toby Alderweireld likely to leave in the summer. The Belgian has a £25m release clause which comes into effect next season and the club’s hierarchy are determined to sell him for almost double that amount once the World Cup is over.
The 29-year-old has made no secret of his desire to leave White Hart Lane, believing he can earn significantly more than on offer from the north London club’s strict wage structure.