Gareth McAuley backs West Bromwich Albion to keep Jonny Evans

Jamie Vardy (C) of Leicester City controls the ball against Jonny Evans (L) and Gareth McAuley (R) of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on October 31, 2015
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Gareth McAuley backs West Bromwich Albion not sell in-demand centre-back Jonny Evans in this summer's transfer window.

West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley is confident that the Baggies will not sell in-demand Jonny Evans in this summer's transfer window.

The 29-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Leicester City over the last week and the former Premier League champions are said to have had a £10m bid rejected for the Northern Ireland international.

McAuley has accepted that there is interest in his teammate, but the 37-year-old has claimed that West Brom boss Tony Pulis "will be looking to build a team around" Evans.

"Jonny's been linked but I don't think they will sell. They will be looking to build a team around him," McAuley told reporters.

Evans, who has also previously been linked with Arsenal, joined West Brom from Manchester United in the summer of 2015.

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