West Brom boss Pardew fears Evans departure in January


"Jonny Evans is definitely one of them and he is our captain". 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. Of course not. Do I fear losing him?

West Brom dealt with interest in Evans throughout the summer and rebuffed bids from Arsenal and Leicester City worth £25m ($33.5m) before the deadline.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, will see Per Mertesacker retire at the end of the current campaign. Of course I do'.

"There's interest in him because there was interest in the summer and it makes sense to stir it up", Pardew told BBC Sport.

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.

'Jonny's dealt with it in his way.

A goalless draw at home to Palace, Pardew's former club, last weekend left West Brom without a win in 13 Premier League games and just one place above the relegation zone.

Alan Pardew's men travel to Swansea City on Saturday afternoon and are priced at 2/1 for the win.

Evans also made a point of defending Moyes later in the season when the Red Devils' form dipped, telling The Express: "The onus is on players to step it up".

"We need to know, if we have an injury, how much cover have we got in that position? We've lost the least in the bottom eight or nine but we've drawn too many games", Pardew added.