West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis admits Jonny Evens will not be leaving The Hawthorns anytime soon after confirming the Baggies rejected bis from Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester City for the much-admired centre-back in the summer.
Evan, has become an integral of the Baggies strong backline since joining from Manchester United nearly three year ago, and his form for the Midlands giants has earned the interest of a number of clubs.
Arsenal are believed to have showed interest in the £30m-rated Northern Ireland international for some time, while Manchester City tried to sign him during the summer but a move failed to materialise for the former United star. Leicester City were also in the market for a new centre-back and had targeted him, but in the end, Craig Shakespeare’s men signed Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragovic.
Tony Pulis, speaking ahead of his side clash with the Foxes, the Baggies boss touched upon the bids made by Arsenal, City and Leicester for his prized asset and, while he admits the speculation did affect Evans, he does not expect to lose the 29-year-old anytime soon.
“Jonny has two years left and I don’t think anything’s going to happen with Jonny for a while. If they’re talking, they’re talking. I haven’t got a problem with Jonny,” Pulis was quoted as saying by Football365.
“There was a bid they (Leicester) put in and it was left to the club, as it was with Arsenal and Manchester City. We get on with it. Would Jonny have gone to Leicester? I don’t know, you’d have to speak to Jonny. Would the club have accepted it? Obviously not so there’s nothing else to talk about.
“The window affects players, it affected him and [Nacer] Chadli. It’s something they’ve decided to bring forward so it’ll only affect them a little bit less. He’s fine, Jonny’s fine.”
Evans, like many Premier League stars whose futures were uncertain, did not play for West Brom until after the transfer deadline had passed but is expected to line up for the Baggies against his known admirers Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.