West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has hailed defender Jonny Evans as a great player but is anxious by the prospect of the 29-year-old Northern Ireland worldwide leaving the Premier League club in the January transfer window.
Sam Allardyce and David Moyes now preside over two of the three leakiest defences in the Premier League and will be looking to shore up their respective backlines when the market re-opens for business next month. Course not. Do I fear losing him?
West Brom rejected multiple bids for Evans, whose contract expires in 2019, in the previous transfer window, including one from league leaders Manchester City, and Pardew fears that further offers could pave the way for his departure.
"There's interest in him because there was interest in the summer and it makes sense to stir it up", Pardew told BBC Sport.
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.
'Jonny Evans is certainly one of them, and he's our captain.
"I have some good history with Nicky Hammond in terms of what we did at Reading and I trust him 100 per cent on the transfer front and with the scouting team", said Pardew. Of course I do'. He was terrific for me.
"We need to know, if we have an injury, how much cover have we got in that position?"
Arsenal, meanwhile, sold Gabriel Paulista to Valencia in August and will lose Per Mertesacker at the end of the season when the skipper retires to take over as academy manager.