Pardew: Chambers not on WBA radar, no bids for Evans

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Alan Pardew says West Bromwich Albion have not received any bids in January for defender Jonny Evans and says rumours linking Calum Chambers as a makeweight in a deal with Arsenal are false.

Arsenal and Manchester City are thought to be weighing up a bid for the Northern Ireland international having had bids in previous transfer windows rebuffed.

Facing the press on Friday, Pardew said of the 30-year-old’s future: “Nothing has changed on that front.

“The only good news is he’s fit, whereas he wasn’t fit last weekend, so you can expect to see him on the team-sheet this weekend.”

On Chambers being linked, Pardew added: “That name’s not entered into my thinking, or names at Arsenal or Manchester City or Manchester United if I’m honest.

“When there is an offer on the table we will exercise our plan, if the offer is acceptable to us.”

Given Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are struggling with injuries and Per Mertesacker’s career is coming to a close, it would be something of a surprise to see Chambers, who signed a new deal at the Emirates only recently, leave the club. That said, stranger things have happened and the interest in Evans is certainly real.

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