No More Deal: Top Arsenal target is going nowhere, set to agree new deal with club

Sankha Ghosh / 06 September 2016

Jonny Evans is set to hold talks with West Brom regarding a new deal, according to latest reports.

The centre-half was on the Arsenal’s radar over the summer.

However, Arsene Wenger plugged his defensive shortcomings when he brought in Shkodran Mustafi for £35m and he could make his debut against Southampton this weekend.

Evans meanwhile ended up staying put at the Hawthorns on deadline day.

And according to the Daily Telegraph, the 28-year-old is set to be handed a new bumper contract.

The report suggests negotiations are expected to begin soon over a deal that could see Evans pocket around £75,000 a week.

It is thought Albion are keen to put the Northern Ireland international on parity with the top earners in the club.

Evans has less than three years to run on his current contract.

The former Manchester United defender spent ten years at Old Trafford, making nearly 200 appearances for the club in all competitions.

In 2015 he moved to West Bromwich Albion where he impressed during his 30 Premier League matches.

Evans is undoubtedly an experienced defender who has played in all manner of major tournaments. He also has the experience of playing for a big club and in a lot of ways this rumours makes a lot of sense.

But there are a number of hang-ups including the price tag on the Northern Irishman’s head.

He moved to The Hawthorns for £8 million last summer but West Brom are thought to want upwards of £15 million for their star defender.

While Evans has the experience of playing at a major club, he was also viewed as surplus to requirements by Manchester United.

Former manager Louis Van Gaal even preferred to convert Daley Blind into a centre back rather than going with Evans.