West Brom boss Pardew fears Evans departure in January

Albion Outlook

Albion Outlook

Boss Pardew said: "Do I want to lose him?"

West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew has claimed that his players have "a thirst for success" ahead of their trip to Swansea City.

The twenty-nine year old was a target for Manchester City in the summer who, despite their superb start to the campaign could again table a bid when the transfer window reopens though they are set for face competition if they do.

"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 reporters on Thursday.

Pardew, who took charge of his first Albion match against Crystal Palace following the dismissal of Tony Pulis, tried to sign Evans when he was Newcastle manager.

"There was a spell at Newcastle where I looked at Jonny for a while", Pardew confirmed recently.

"Jonny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain".

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. Course not. Do I fear losing him?

However the player should seriously consider whether joining City will be a good move as there is a chance that he could end up spending more time on the bench than on the field. Of course I do'.

The need for another central defender was further exacerbated last month when John Stones was ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered during the 2-0 win at Leicester.

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