West Bromwich Albion have NOT received any bids for coveted centre-back Jonny Evans.

Evans, a transfer target for Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton, missed the 2-0 FA Cup win over Exeter City with a sore foot.

The 30-year-old’s absence sparked reports he was finalising a move to the Gunners.

Baggies boss Alan Pardew said last week there had been no bids for the Northern Irishman.

And the Birmingham Mail understands that remains the case, despite reports both Arsenal and Man City have now made contact.

“It’s always the same answer about Jonny,” Pardew had said.

“It’s about the bid coming first, because there’s so much speculation.

“We need to see a bid, and we haven’t seen a bid.

“All I can report is the facts. Without a bid, Jonny stays here.”

Albion wanted £30 million for Evans back in the summer.

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But the club could be tempted to accept £25 million with Pardew keen to bring in funds to reinvest on offensive players.

Evans only has 18 months left on his contract and is yet to sign a new deal.

It’s thought talks have opened over new terms worth up to £100,000 a week, making him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

“We’d give Jonny a deal no problem,” Pardew said.

“He’s very much aware of that.

“It’s about the player and the club coming together in agreement.

“I don’t do that side of the finances so I’m not aware how close it is, but would we want to keep our best players? Of course.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has tried to sign Evans from West Brom on two occasions.

The Frenchman failed with a £15 million bid in 2015 and was also left empty-handed when a £25 million offer was rebuffed last summer.

Wenger wants to move into the transfer market to bolster his squad after Arsenal’s second string were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest.

But, speaking after Sunday’s humiliating 4-2 defeat at Championship Forest, Wenger confirmed a deal for Evans was in no way imminent.

“I can’t give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anyone,” he said.

“We signed a Greek boy (Konstantinos Mavropanos), who looks quite good in training.

“But apart from that we are not on anything. Will we be out there? Yes we will.”

Evans is expected to shake off his foot injury to face relegation rivals Brighton at the Hawthorns this weekend.

But Pardew might be in two minds as to whether Evans’ availability is actually advantageous.

West Brom’s first win in four months was achieved without Evans.

Indeed, all four of Albion’s victories this season have come in the absence of the former Manchester United defender.

Matt Phillips, who also missed the trip to Devon, is likely to be in contention to face Brighton having recovered from a minor hamstring strain.

James Morrison (Achilles) and Nacer Chadli (hip) will both miss the Seagulls’ visit.