Arsenal had an 11th hour bid rejected by West Brom for Johnny Evans.
SkySports understands that the Gunners submitted a late bid on deadline day within the region of £12 million.
However, the Baggies refused to even begin negotiations because the bid was way below their valuation of the ex-Manchester United defender, which is believed to be around £25 million.
Had the Gunners captured the Irishman they would’ve completed a very, very good window.
That they failed to recruit in their most vulnerable position, though, undermines their activities in bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Gunners may well get their man at the end of the season, as Evans’ contract stipulates that he will be available for £3 million should West Brom be relegated.
Of course, this would represent great business, but Arsenal’s need was urgent, with their defence porous and permeable.
Arsenal may have been hamstrung by the fee they splashed on Aubameyang but a paltry £12 million bid was never likely to persuade the Baggies and is another example of folly decision making at the Emirates.
Written by Michael Jones
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