West Ham are reportedly set to enter the race for West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans in the summer.
According to the Mirror, West Ham are keen to sign Evans if West Brom get relegated this season.
The Baggies are at the bottom of the Premier League table and, with only a handful of games left to play, it looks like Alan Pardew’s men could get relegated this term.
30-year-old Evans has until June 2019 on his contract with West Brom and is therefore likely to leave in the summer in order to remain in the Premier League.
Although Manchester City and Arsenal were heavily linked with the Northern Ireland international last summer and during the final days of the January window, City signed Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao instead.
Arsenal wouldn’t meet the Baggies’ valuation.
West Brom allegedly wanted £20m and Arsenal only bid £12m.
“It wasn’t for lack of warning to Arsenal and to all the clubs,” Pardew said, reported the BBC on 1 February.
“I’ve sat here every week saying don’t make a bid on the last day, because you’re not going to get what you want, really.”
Although Arsenal were previously tipped to return for Evans in the summer, the reports suggesting this would be the case died down after the centre-back recently got into trouble with his current club.
Evans had his captaincy stripped after allegations emerged that he was one of the four West Brom players that stole a taxi while on a team-building break in Barcelona.
Pardew has since given him back the armband but the 30-year-old’s new reputation for being a trouble-maker won’t have gone down well with Arsene Wenger.
The lack of solid updates suggests that Arsenal might be looking at other options. However, for all we know, Arsenal could come back with a vengeance in June – they do desperately need experienced centre-backs after all.