Wednesday 7 December 2016

Big pay rise for Evans

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Published 06/09/2016 | 02:30

Evans will begin negotiations over a vastly improved deal this month as Albion move to bring the defender in line with the top earners at the Hawthorns. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire.
Evans will begin negotiations over a vastly improved deal this month as Albion move to bring the defender in line with the top earners at the Hawthorns. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire.

West Bromwich Albion are ready to offer Jonny Evans a new £60,000-a-week contract after Arsenal's failed bid to sign the Northern Ireland international.

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Evans will begin negotiations over a vastly improved deal this month as Albion move to bring the defender in line with the top earners at the Hawthorns.

Arsenal were considering the former Manchester United centre-half before the £35m signing of Shkodran Mustafi and made an inquiry earlier in the summer. But West Brom were clear in their message that Evans was not for sale at any price and are now ready to elevate the 28-year-old into the top pay bracket alongside the likes of £13m record signing Nacer Chadli, Salomon Rondon and James Morrison.

Evans was signed for £6m from United in August 2015 and has since emerged as a key player for head coach Tony Pulis, with just under three years remaining on his deal.

He also impressed in Northern Ireland's 0-0 draw in the World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on Sunday night.

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