West Bromwich Albion could be set to lose Jonny Evans for practically nothing if they are relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Alan Pardew’s side are still without a Premier League win since August – a run that has now stretched to 21 games – and are firmly entrenched in the battle for survival.
Should they exit the top tier in May, star defender Jonny Evans will, according to BBC Sport’s SImon Stone, be available for just £3m as per a relegation release clause in his contract.
There is a clause in Jonny Evans’ @WBA contract that allows him to leave for £3m in summer if they are relegated. Club not pushing him out of door but Alan Pardew needs funds for a striker.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 22, 2018
Manchester City had a reported bid of around £18m turned down by West Brom in the summer as they held out for a figure close to double that, and Pep Guardiola has apparently made his interest known in a January move as he looks to compete for an unprecedented quadruple with his City side.
Arsenal are also said to be interested (although they’re currently busy trying to get deals for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the line), while Manchester United, who sold Evans to West Brom for a reported £8m in 2015, are monitoring the 30-year-old’s current situation at the Hawthorns.
Should Alan Pardew decide over the next few days that bringing in a striker in January is vital to West Brom’s survival, then Evans could be sacrificed provided West Brom receive somewhere in the region of their revised £30m asking price for the 30-year-old.