Alan Pardew has warned Arsenal and Manchester City they have no chance of signing Jonny Evans if they leave it late in the transfer window.
Pardew has been left disastrously short before by deadline day transactions.
And the Baggies boss has vowed not to make the same mistake with Evans, who continues to be linked with the heavyweight Premier League duo.
“I’ll put in a cut off date on any transfer,” Pardew said.
“Probably less than a week (before the window shuts).
“I would say three or four days, depending on the business we have done.
“We might be looking to do some business on the last day. If I feel it works for the club and is not harmful to us.
“I’m not saying I won’t do any transfer with three days to go, but if it was a big transfer, one of the players who was very important to us and didn’t give us the time to execute our plan, then no.”
Pardew had his fingers burned in January 2011.
Newcastle agreed to sell Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35 million shortly before the transfer window shut, leaving him no time at all to find a replacement.
But the 56-year-old has learned from that experience.
“It damaged Newcastle at the time and it was only the response of the strikers we had behind that kept Newcastle in the division that year,” Pardew said.
“They did a really good job.
“It might be a situation where no one comes in and I’m going to have to react to that in terms of trying to come up with a strategy and a plan to get us the wins we desire.
“But the window is open and I’d like to take the opportunity if we can.”
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Alan Pardew has played down speculation that Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is on his January transfer wishlist.
Chambers has been touted as a potential makeweight in any deal with Arsenal for West Bromwich Albion captain Jonny Evans.
But Pardew, who aims on Saturday to secure a first Premier League win as Baggies boss against Brighton & Hove Albion, was quick to play down the rumour.
“No, that name has not entered into my thinking,” said Pardew.
“Or names at Arsenal, Man City or Man Utd if I’m honest.”
Albion are yet to receive any offers for star defender Jonny Evans amid reports Arsenal and Manchester City have stepped up their interest.
The Northern Irishman’s absence from the 2-0 FA Cup win over Exeter City last weekend sent the transfer rumour mill into overdrive.
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One national newspaper claimed Arsenal had made a £25 million offer for the 30-year-old.
Several more speculated that both the Gunners and City had made contact over a possible move for the former Manchester United man.
But Alan Pardew reckons “nothing’s changed on that front”.
“Until there’s an offer on the table we’ll exercise our plan.
“If the offer is acceptable to us we’ll put our plan in place although I wouldn’t disclose that to you, unfortunately.”
Pardew fully expects to restore his skipper to the starting line-up for the crunch clash against relegation rivals Brighton on Saturday.
“We’re in the same position,” Pardew said. “The good news with Jonny is that he’s fit and he wasn’t last weekend.
“So you can expect to see him on the team sheet this weekend.”
Source : BirminghamMail