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.

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

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

Niasse has delivered a number of eye-catching performances this term despite only starting five matches, making a further nine substitute appearances.

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

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.

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

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

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