Arsenal are ready to make a move for West Brom ace Jonny Evans in the January transfer window, according to reports.
The Gunners had an offer of around £25million rejected for Evans in the summer and the Baggies are preparing themselves for another battle to keep hold of the 29-year-old defender in the new year.
Evans has 18 months remaining on his contract at the Hawthorns and is keen for European football, with Manchester City also long-term admirers.
The Telegraph suggest that Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for defensive reinforcements in January, with veteran centre-back Per Mertesacker retiring at the end of the season.
It’s claimed that Wenger will make a move for the ex-Manchester United man if he receives any encouragement.
Asked about the interest for Evans, new West Brom boss Alan Pardew said: ‘I think the assurance I need is probably from Jonny more than anybody.
‘He’s a fabulous player and very important for the club so I will have a good old discussion with him.
‘I know from my experience at Newcastle you can lose key players in January, you need to be on your guard to replace them.
‘I will have to see how we go and assess the squad quickly. It’s good enough to stay up but when I look at the clubs who are involved, particularly around the relegation area, I know they’re going to do business.
‘You can’t take your eye off that.’