Pardew reports no Evans bids

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says that there have been no bids so far for Jonny Evans during the January transfer window.

With about two weeks of the transfer window remaining, there have been reports of Arsenal and Manchester City both being interested in the Northern Irish international.

Albion travel to Everton on Saturday as they seek a win that could move them out of the bottom three and Pardew hopes that Evans will still be part of the squad.

He told a press conference ahead of the trip to Goodison Park: "From my point of view there is no bid so there's nothing to discuss.

“On the other hand, we have scenarios that are going to time out if we don't get a bid for Jonny that's acceptable for him and us.

"We haven't had a phone call from another football club and that's where it stands.

"In terms of our plans to use that money if it was to come in the door, that time is ticking away and that concerns me a little bit more."

West Brom are 14/5 to win away on Saturday with Everton 6/5 and the draw priced at 19/10.

Evans was influential in West Brom's win over Brighton last weekend, scoring the first goal as they recorded their first win under Pardew.

Pardew also praised Evans saying that the speculation had not affected him but emphasised again that he wanted Evans to remain at the Hawthorns and that he wouldn't consider late bids for the defender as that would limit his chances of bringing a replacement into the club.

West Brom are 7/10 to stay up this season.

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Upbeat Pardew hopes to add

Manager Alan Pardew is eager to add to his West Brom squad this month, having finally seen the Baggies end their lengthy Premier League winless run.

A 2-0 Hawthorns victory over Brighton lifted the gloom which had been surrounding Albion for several months, with their previous league win having come way back in mid-August at Burnley.

And Pardew hopes to be able to do some deals before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month, while confirming that he can only buy if players are allowed to leave his club.

He told Sky Sports: "I'd like to bring in a few fresh faces. I've got no money to spend so, it means I've got to move somebody on.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens, because we'll have to move somebody out if there's a bid."

Meanwhile, Pardew was full of praise for his players, after two set-piece strikes proved enough to down the Seagulls and move Albion to within two points of safety.

He added on the club's official website: "That's how we've got to play and that's the confidence I expect. We passed it well at times, we created chance after chance and we could have had three or four.

"Obviously a new manager comes in and the set-plays start falling away, so I changed them and we worked hard on them and we got our reward.

"We've got good, aggressive players at set-plays and that's going to be massively important going forward. The promise we've shown was delivered and that was great."

Albion are now priced at 6/5 to be relegated this season, while they are 4/6 to beat the drop and are available at 80/1 to win the FA Cup.

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Pardew sees reasons for optimism

Alan Pardew is upbeat about his West Brom team's chances of ending their long winless sequence when they take on West Ham.

The Baggies are entrenched in the relegation zone after a 19-match winless sequence but Pardew thought there were plenty of positives to be taken from Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal at The Hawthorns.

Jay Rodriguez's 89th-minute penalty rescued a draw for Albion after Arsenal had taken the lead when Alexis Sanchez's late free-kick deflected in off James McClean.

Pardew said: "We deserved the draw. The penalty decision is perhaps tough on Arsenal and if it is the other way round we would be moaning.

"We gave everything out on the pitch and went toe-to-toe with Arsenal and tried to take them on.

"We have given our fans hope coming back from 1-0 down with six minutes to go. Let's hope that is a sign of what's to come. I've seen some good signs."

The result leaves West Brom at 10/11 to be relegated this season while they are 7/2 to beat West Ham on Tuesday and 11/4 to keep a clean sheet against David Moyes' team.

West Brom have not won in the top-flight since clinching back-to-back 1-0 victories against Bournemouth and Burnley in August.

Chadli setback saddens Pardew

West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli has suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury and looks set to be sidelined until March.

The former Tottenham player tore his thigh muscle in training after returning from international duty with Belgium in November.

He returned to action earlier this month in the defeat at Stoke City, but had to be replaced after just 15 minutes after sustaining a repeat of the injury.

It is the latest blow for Alan Pardew, whose Baggies side have failed to win any of their last 18 Premier League fixtures.

They are 17/4 to end that run by beating Arsenal on Sunday while the draw is available at 3/1.

Pardew said: "Nacer looks like his injury is as bad as it was originally so we think he's going to miss the first two months of this year which is a big blow to us. I said coming out of the Stoke game that it was probably a bigger blow than the result.

"That's something we're going to have to deal with and it's something that I'm going to have to look at in January because it's a quality player going out of the group for some considerable time."

However, there is some good news for Pardew as Salomon Rondon, who sustained a hamstring injury against Everton on Boxing Day, is unlikely to be sidelined for long while James Morrison is close to a return to action as he battles back from an Achilles problem.

Baggies sweat on Rondon blow

Struggling West Brom are hoping that the injury sustained by striker Salomon Rondon in the goalless draw with Everton on Boxing Day proves to be not too serious.

The 28-year-old Venezuela international had to be replaced early in the second half of the Hawthorns clash with the Toffees, having grabbed his hamstring after lashing a shot high and wide of target.

And Baggies head coach Alan Pardew, who has yet to taste victory during his six games in charge, has his fingers crossed that Rondon will be back in action in the near future.

He told reporters: “I'm not sure (how long he'll be out). He said he felt his hamstring, but whether that's fatigue or not I don't know.

"We can't afford to lose players, so we are sweating on him a little bit. He's been very important since I've been here, as well as under Tony (Pulis). He's a big player."

Rondon, who joined Albion for £12million from Zenit St Petersburg in August 2015, is the Albion top scorer in the Premier League this season, having found the net three times.

Meanwhile, Pardew told Sky Sports that the performance against the Toffees was fine, but that his side needed to be more clinical in front of goal to ensure they can beat the drop come the end of the season.

He added: "It should have been a victory. From goalkeeper, all the way through, we played very well without actually hitting the net, which is what it's all about if you want three points.

"We've taken a point, we deserved more, we've just got to find that little extra whatever it is, but we're definitely a side.

"We've got 17 games to go, if we play at that level, restrict sides to the two of three breakaways like Everton had, I'd be very happy and we'd get the points we need."

Albion are currently 1/1 to be relegated, with West Ham priced at 4/1 and Bournemouth available at 2/1.

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Pardew wants fans help

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says that the fans can play their part in the club's efforts to start winning again.

Pardew is yet to taste victory with Albion since taking over from Tony Pulis; they have now not won in 17 Premier League games, their latest effort being a 3-1 defeat at Stoke City.

It is a run of form that sees the Baggies in the bottom three in the Premier League table at Christmas.

They are second from bottom, three points from safety ahead of a Boxing Day clash at home to Everton, a club revitalised since Sam Allardyce arrived.

Pardew has failed to engineer a similar revival at the Hawthorns and now says the fans have their part to play if they are to get themselves away from the relegation zone.

He told the club's website: "I spoke about the fans during [the] half-time [team talk] because they, like us, would've been wondering how on earth we were losing the game 2-0.

"We had to show them that we were up for the fight and I think we did that. They were obviously disappointed at the finish but it was good to see them give the players a positive reaction.

"That was really appreciated and now we need them more than ever.

"We need to get our stadium rocking against Everton because that might just be the difference that gets us out of this terrible run."

Albion are 29/20 to win on Boxing Day with Everton 2/1 and the draw priced at 21/10.

Following the Everton game Pardew's side are in action on New Year's Eve, at home to Arsenal before travelling to play West Ham on 2nd January.

Albion are 10/11 to be relegated at the end of the season.

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Albion duo to miss Stoke trip

Alan Pardew has revealed that injured duo Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips will not be involved in Saturday's Premier League clash at Stoke City.

The two players have not featured in the Baggies team since Pardew was appointed boss last month.

"They're both training, it's early days for them, but it's good news," said the former West Ham and Newcastle boss.

"The top of the pitch is where we're dysfunctional a little bit, we just need to find a better balance.

"I feel for the team a little bit. Some big creative forces haven't been available. It will be nice to see them back and then to see what that offers."

Meanwhile, Pardew has admitted that club captain Jonny Evans could leave The Hawthorns next month.

The Northern Ireland international defender, who still has 18 months left on his current deal, almost left Albion in the summer with Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester all interested in securing his services.

Pardew said of the former Manchester United player: "I think you have to be realistic in these situations.

"He is under contract for West Brom. He knows he can have those conversations [about a new deal] with us. We will give him the best deal we can possibly go to on the financial side and length of contract, but that might not be the whole thing with Jonny."

West Brom are 11/8 to be relegated after failing to win any of their last 16 Premier League matches while they are 5/2 to beat Stoke on Saturday and 8/1 to triumph 1-0.

Pardew admits pressure is on

New West Brom boss Alan Pardew admits that pressure is building on his team as they seek to end a long winless run.

The Baggies, then under Tony Pulis, made a fantastic start to the new Premier League season winning their first two games.

However, they haven't won in the league since, a run of 16 games which has seen them slide down the table and into the bottom three.

The Baggies sit second bottom of the table, two points off safety as they prepare for a key game on Saturday away at Stoke.

Pardew has failed so far to transform the team's fortunes since his arrival at the Hawthorns and he admits, ahead of a busy Christmas programme, that the pressure is firmly on him and his new side.

He told local media: "There is a pressure in terms of where we are in the league. It's a pressure to win games."

After the game away at Stoke, West Brom are at home to Everton on Boxing Day followed by a trip to Arsenal on New Year's Eve.

The January transfer window then opens but Pardew is desperately hoping to have improved their fortunes before then.

"It is important that we look at weaknesses in the squad," he added. "Our record of injured players… We want to protect ourselves if we can do.

"We still have (three) games before the transfer window opens. A lot can happen. We need to be on our guard."

West Brom are 12/5 to win at Stoke on Saturday with the Potters priced at 6/5 with the draw 11/5.

The Baggies are 11/8 to be relegated at the end of the season.

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Pardew pleased to keep Hegazi

West Brom head coach Alan Pardew is pleased that he has been able to persuade Ahmed Hegazi to sign a permanent deal with the club.

The 26-year-old Egypt international has impressed since moving to the Hawthorns in the summer on a loan agreement from Al Ahly. He has inked a contract that ties him to the Baggies, 6/5 to be relegated from the Premier League this season, until the summer of 2022.

Hegazi, who scored the winning goal on the opening weekend of the season against Bournemouth, has featured in all 18 of Albion's Premier League matches this season.

The win against the Cherries has been one of only two victories for West Brom this season, with Sunday's 2-1 home loss to Manchester United extending their top-flight winless sequence to 16 matches.

Albion visit Stoke City on Saturday and can be backed at 12/5 secure a rare victory. The Potters are 6/5 to win the match.

Pardew said: "This is great news for the club. Ahmed has been absolutely terrific for me since I arrived and I'm sure there's even more to come from him in the future. He's one of the players we can build around on the road ahead."

Meanwhile, Hegazi said: "I am very happy with the club and very happy to be part of this group of players. I know the results are not what we would want at the moment. But there is great spirit here and I am sure that we will turn the results in our favour before long."

Baggies can make their point

Manager Alan Pardew admits his West Brom side would likely settle for a point before Sunday's home clash with Manchester United at the Hawthorns.

Pardew described the midweek point taken from a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool as 'gold dust' and he says a similar outcome against the Red Devils would be welcomed.

The Baggies boss however has rubbished any suggestion that his team will attempt to 'park the bus' when second-placed Man United come calling.

West Brom could be boosted by the return of Matt Phillips and Gareth Barry following respective hamstring and thigh injuries but they'll remain without Nacer Chadli, Craig Dawson and James Morrison.

His side are second-bottom in the table but Pardew says there have been positives since he succeeded Tony Pulis last month. They must, however, start getting victories on the board.

"There's a pressure for us to start winning games and if that comes on Sunday against Manchester United, then all well and good," said Pardew.

"Before the game, would I take a point? I probably would, but it all depends on the context of the game.

"We've shown ambition. It's not like we've parked the bus. We've tried to get at teams and I think we did a good job of that at Liverpool. We can take encouragement from that going into the Manchester United game."

West Brom are 11/2 to win at the Hawthorns, with Man United 3/5 and the draw 3/1.

West Brom have lost eight of their 11 Premier League home games against Manchester United.

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