Sport McAuley expects Evans to stay

18:40  19 june  2017
18:40  19 june  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

McAuley expects Evans to stay

  McAuley expects Evans to stay Gareth McAuley hopes Northern Ireland team-mate Jonny Evans will stay at West Brom after the disappointment of losing Darren Fletcher.Gareth McAuley hopes Northern Ireland team-mate Jonny Evans will stay at West Brom after the disappointment of losing the club's captain Darren Fletcher.

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Gareth McAuley hopes Northern Ireland team-mate Jonny Evans will stay at West Brom after the disappointment of losing the club's captain Darren Fletcher.

Fletcher has signed for Stoke City and, according to Sky sources, Evans was the subject of a £10m bid from Leicester City last week.

That offer was reportedly rejected and centre-back partner McAuley expects the 29-year-old to continue to be a lynchpin at The Hawthorns.

Speaking at the launch of a School of Football initiative in Larkhall, McAuley said: "Jonny's been linked but I don't think they will sell. They will be looking to build a team around him.

West Brom prepare huge contract offer to keep hold of Evans

  West Brom prepare huge contract offer to keep hold of Evans West Bromwich Albion are doing everything they can to keep defender Jonny Evans at the club, including offering him a club record four-year contract making him the first ever Baggies player to earn £100,000-a-week, according to the Belfast Telegraph. Leicester are reportedly preparing a second bid of £15 million for Evans after their initial offer of £10 million was swiftly rejected by Albion, who are keen to keep hold of Evans no matter what price is offered. The Baggies boss Tony Pulis prides himself on his defensive setup and Evans has become a key part of Pulis’ plans since his arrival from Manchester United in 2015 and started 30 Premier League games last season. The 29-year-old centre-back has established a strong partnership with fellow Northern Irish defender Gareth McAuley who himself doesn’t want Evans to leave the club. The club have already lost midfielder Darren Fletcher to fellow Premier League club Stoke City and Pulis will not want something similar happening again. West Brom have shown how valuable Evans is by reportedly offering him this contract which is worth £20 million altogether. The defender is dangerous at set pieces and scored twice in the English top flight last season. Leicester have already signed centre-back Harry Maguire this transfer window and if Evans signs this contract extension then they will need to look elsewhere to improve their defence.

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"Fletch was a big, big player for us on and off the pitch. He was our captain and I was a little disappointed he has moved on but people come and go in football all the time and I am sure the club will work hard to try and find a suitable replacement."

McAuley continued to impress in the Premier League last season at the age of 37, but he could miss part of pre-season with a thigh injury he aggravated while playing for his country.

He added: "I've had a slight niggle with my thigh and a recurrence with it when I tried to play against Turkey and Azerbaijan.

"It's settling down okay and I've got a couple of weeks to do some strength stuff and get ready for pre-season. Hopefully it will be settled down and back to normal, and I'll be fit and strong again."

West Brom reject £10m bid from Leicester for Jonny Evans .
Since his £7m arrival from Manchester United in August 2015, Jonny Evans has cemented himself as arguably the Baggies’ best defender and one of the more underrated centre-backs in the Premier League. Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign the Northern Ireland international in the last 12 months but Evans himself says he’s not seeking a transfer away from the Hawthorns. The 29-year-old is expected to have a number of potential suitors this month and the BBC claim that West Brom have turned down a £10m bid from Leicester for their star defender. Leicester were interested in signing Evans before the Baggies rejected their offer and have since turned their attentions to Hull standout Harry Maguire, with the former Sheffield United man expected to complete a £17m move to the King Power Stadium. Evans scored twice in 31 Premier League appearances for West Brom last season and is easily considered one of Tony Pulis’ most important players.

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