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West Brom boss Pardew raps Arsenal over late Evans offer

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has rapped Arsenal over their late offer for Jonny Evans.

Albion value Evans at over £20million. But Arsenal's offer - understood to have been a deal worth around £12million - fell well below that on deadline day.

Pardew was in defiant mood and said: “It wasn't for lack of warning to Arsenal and to all the clubs.

“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'.

“Unless it was a bid that was going to knock us off our chair, and it was no way near that.

“So they got probably the response they were expecting with that bid, I think.

“Jonny is a very very important player.

“He's a great player. He's part of the spine of the team and that's what I tried to strengthen this window.

Jonny Evans hasn't moved on and we brought Daniel Sturridge to strengthen that area right through the middle of the pitch. I don't know which of the two was more important."

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