West Brom boss Pardew fears Evans departure in January

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Of course not. Do I fear losing him?

A move back to the north west could suit the Northern Ireland worldwide, who was on Manchester City's wanted list last summer.

"There was interest in him in the summer so it makes sense to stir it up", added Pardew, whose reign as Tony Pulis' successor began with a drab goalless draw against former employers Crystal Palace last weekend.

"I'm never confident when you've got great players because other clubs want great players", said Pardew.

"There was a spell at Newcastle where I looked at Jonny for a while", Pardew confirmed recently.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, will see Per Mertesacker retire at the end of the current campaign. He was terrific for me against Crystal Palace [Pardew's first game in charge, which ended 0-0].

West Brom are also likely to pull out all the stops to keep their man as they aim to pull away from a relegation battle.

Despite the Baggies struggling to play well, Evans has been one of the players that has been starring for them regularly, so much so that Manchester City tried to recruit him during the summer transfer window but had their approach turned down. Do I want to lose him?

Evans also made a point of defending Moyes later in the season when the Red Devils' form dipped, telling The Express: "The onus is on players to step it up". We've lost the lead in matches and we've drawn too many games.

"We need to turn up on Saturday afternoon and we need to win the game".