Jonny Evans could leave West Brom in January, admits Alan Pardew
West Brom's new manager Alan Pardew has said he fears losing Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans.
Evans was linked with a move away from the Hawthornes over the summer, from top clubs such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester.
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Speculations has even ramped up over recent days that the 29-year-old could be on the move come January. And Pardew, who took over as West Brom boss last month, admits his captain could be lured away.
"I'm never confident when you've got great players because other clubs want great players, so your best players are always vulnerable," he said.
"Jonny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain. Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.
"There was interest in him in the summer so it makes sense to stir it up. They are good headlines for the media. I understand that, we deal with it and Jonny has dealt with it in his own way.
"He was terrific for me. I can only go on his performance and he was outstanding for me against Crystal Palace and [now] we go to Swansea."
Evans' contract expires in 18 months. He was the subject of reported bids from Manchester City during the summer and the latest rumours have added West Ham to his list of admirers.
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