Pardew Readies Albion for Evans Sale

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The last protracted transfer saga from the summer of 2017 is heading to its conclusion, reports the Evening Standard.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew told a press conference today that the club would consider selling Jonny Evans if the right offer were received. He quickly pointed out that long-time suitors Arsenal had yet to file a bid at the Hawthorns.

Manchester City dropped out of the running when they agreed to buy Aymeric Laporte, 23, from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of £57m, giving the Gunners a free run at the Northern Ireland international.

A move to north London fell through in August when Inter Milan pulled out of a deal to sign German World Cup winner Shkodran Mustafi. It meant Arsène Wenger put any moves for 30-year-old Evans on hold.

This morning, Arsenal were reported to have offered Mathieu Debuchy plus £10m for Evans but this was quickly denied by Pardew. After swapping Alexis Sanchez for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it seems Wenger has acquired the taste for player swap deals although he blocked Olivier Giroud’s inclusion in any deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

With five days remaining in the current transfer window, this is a deal which may go down to the wire.