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Arsenal and Manchester City set for £30 million fight for Jonny Evans

Pardew admits he fears losing NI star

By Sean Taylor

Arsenal and Manchester City are set to embark on a bidding war for West Brom defender Jonny Evans when the transfer window opens next month.

It's understood both teams, who had been linked with the Northern Ireland ace in the summer, will return to test the Baggies' resolve, with the Midlands club valuing their captain at £30million.

City boss Pep Guardiola would like to add Evans due to an injury to John Stones, as well as the ongoing fitness battles of captain Vincent Kompany, while Arsenal are looking longer term with the former Manchester United man seen as the replacement for the retiring Per Mertesacker.

New West Brom boss Alan Pardew has already admitted he fears losing Evans next month amid the renewed speculation regarding his star man.

"There's interest in him because there was interest in the summer and it makes sense to stir it up - it makes good headlines for the media and I understand that and we deal with it," said Pardew, who took over at The Hawthorns a week ago.

"You are never confident when you've got great players because other clubs want great players so your best players are always vulnerable.

"Jonny Evans is certainly one of them. Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do."

Everton and West Ham have also been linked with the Northern Ireland centre-back, while Liverpool have been mentioned in connection with the 29-year-old.


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