Pardew: Debuchy link not true, Evans could leave


West Bromwich Albion are not interested in signing Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal, according to Alan Pardew.

It was reported a couple of weeks back that Arsenal might use the France international as a makeweight in a deal to sign defender Jonny Evans in January. While the Baggies are open to selling the Northern Ireland centre-back – Manchester City have also been linked – it’s been made clear that no official offer has yet been received.

Asked on Friday about the link with Debuchy, Pardew explained: “That is not a deal we would be interested in and it’s not a deal that’s been put to us.

“That’s just paper talk. Actually, that might be unfair. Someone has released that and it’s not true.”

In December, Debuchy again made public his desire to leave the Emirates. It remains to be seen what this latest rejection means for him. Game time in the Europa League aside, he’s once again been jettisoned by Wenger.

On Evans’ future, Pardew added: “Jonny is still at the football club and we haven’t had a bid put to us that is anywhere near acceptable. Therefore he still remains a West Brom player.

“We’ve had a couple of enquiries of what we would be looking for, and the answer has been, ‘We’re not going to tell you’. You make a bid and you’ll get some gauge.

“What I will confirm is what you already know, Jonny Evans is a target for other clubs, we might sell if the price is right, that’s that deal, everything else is pure speculation.”

Right now, Arsenal’s primary focus is on signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. Whether we’d still have funds left to sign Evans is up for debate. It’s possible, but such a deal could go to the wire. The transfer window closes on Wednesday.

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