Sunday 22 July 2018

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is keen to keep defender Jonny Evans

Manchester City's bid for Jonny Evans has been rejected
Manchester City's bid for Jonny Evans has been rejected

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis wants to keep Manchester City target Jonny Evans and insists the club do not need to sell the defender.

However, he admits every player has a price and has not ruled out the possibility of the former Manchester United player leaving The Hawthorns this month.

Pulis confirmed at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning that West Brom had rejected a bid, reported to be £18million, from City for the 29-year-old Northern Ireland international.

City boss Pep Guardiola has already spent more than £200million on new players this summer, including three full-backs, but is still thought to be keen to add a centre-back.

When asked about Evans, Pulis said: "They made an offer and we've turned it down.

"I think every player is for sale at the right price. It would be crazy to say a team like West Brom won't sell if a team are going to put a huge amount of money in front of you.

"Market forces dictate but we don't need to sell and we don't want to sell, so we are not desperate for the money. Jonny is one of our best players and we'd love him to stay.

"It would need to be a very good offer. If that offer came in then we would sit down and talk to Jonny."

Guardiola was reluctant to discuss the matter at his latest press conference but did not rule out the possibility that City could bid again.

He said: "He's a player for West Brom. It's still the same. Tony Pulis was clear so there's nothing to talk about."

Evans was the subject of a bid from Arsenal last summer while Leicester have also had an offer turned down during this close season.

"He's been in this position before here and he understands the situation, until all parties agree then he won't go anywhere," said Pulis.

"He has been made club captain and he wants to get on with his football."

Evans missed West Brom's opening game of the season against Bournemouth with a hamstring injury and the centre-half remains a big doubt for the trip to Burnley on Saturday.

"He has got an injury at the moment, he will have a late fitness test today. One thing we don't want to do is play him and then it gets worse and then we lose him," said Pulis.

Meanwhile, Pulis also confirmed that West Brom are interested in signing Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer although he said that reports of an agreement being close were wide of the mark.

"Whoever is saying it is close is miles away from that fact," he said. "We've got a lot of irons in the fire and we hope to get deals done and they have to be right for the football club."

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