Football: West Brom turn down Manchester City's £18m bid for Jonny Evans but admit he has a price

West Bromwich Albion Football Club manager Tony Pulis (right) and player Jonny Evans attend a press conference in Hong Kong on July 18, 2017.
West Bromwich Albion Football Club manager Tony Pulis (right) and player Jonny Evans attend a press conference in Hong Kong on July 18, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis confirmed that the club have rejected a bid for defender Jonny Evans from Premier League rivals Manchester City, but stopped short of completely ruling out a move away from the Hawthorns for the Northern Ireland centre-back.

British media reports have placed the initial bid for Evans at £18 million (S$31 million).

Pulis told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Burnley that Evans, who is out with a hamstring injury, would not be sold unless an "enormous" offer was made.

"We've turned down an offer for Jonny," Pulis said on Friday. "Every player is for sale at the right price.

"It is absolutely crazy to say a team like West Brom won't sell players if people weren't going to put an enormous amount of money in front of you.

"Firstly, we don't want to sell him, we don't need to sell him. So we're not desperate to get the money. It would have to be a very, very good offer."

Pulis also dismissed reports that Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer was close to completing a switch to West Brom.

"Whoever's telling you we are close is miles away from that fact. We have a lot of irons in the fire with a lot of targets," Pulis said.

West Brom centre-back Gareth McAuley and midfielder James Morrison are also ruled out of the trip to Burnley as they are recovering from thigh and knee injuries, respectively.