West Brom boss Tony Pulis has told Arsenal he will let defender Jonny Evans join them after they have secured a replacement.
Arsenal are reportedly interested in the former Manchester United defender and Pulis has more or less confirmed the interest, but says the Northern Irishman will only leave when a replacement is found.
The Gunners are currently having defensive trouble and had to field youngsters Calum Chambers and Rob Holding in their opening day loss to Liverpool, and have been linked with several defenders.
They are believed to be in talks with Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi, and have reportedly placed a bid for the German, but they are however yet to make any bid for Evans.
“You don’t want to lose your best players, but in football sometimes that happens,” Pulis was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“If it does happen, you need to make sure you know where your replacements are.
“If Arsenal come in for Jonny, if we do any business we’ll do it between the clubs. I wouldn’t talk here about doing a deal with Arsenal or anybody else.
“The most important thing is that Jonny is with us and we want him to stay because he’s an outstanding player.
“Last Saturday, whether it was Townsend or Zaha, and it’s not Jonny’s favourite position playing as a full back, he was most probably our best player on the pitch.”