Arsenal and Manchester City must wait until after Jonny Evans sits down with Alan Pardew before learning if the defender is available for transfer, reports say.

Evans is wanted by the Premier League duo to boost their defences while Liverpool too have been mooted as potential suitors.

City saw several bids for Evans turned down in the summer while the Gunners had an offer of around £25million rejected during the same period.

New West Brom boss Pardew is set to sit down with Evans and attempt to convince him to not only remain at the Hawthorns through January, but sign a new long-term deal.

The Express claim the door will not be opened to Arsenal and City until after those talks take place.