Arsenal came “nowhere near” to matching West Brom’s valuation of Jonny Evans with a late offer on deadline day.
Arsenal courted Evans throughout January but opted to wait until the final 24 hours to make their first serious move.
The club made an offer described as ‘derisory’ however, with West Brom ‘laughing off’ a reported £12million bid.
Some reports claim the offer was actually as low as £8m for a player the Baggies wanted around £25m for, and manager Alan Pardew suggested that Arsenal were not even close to meeting their valuation.
“It wasn’t for a lack of warning to the clubs like Arsenal,” Pardew said.
“I sat here every week saying there was no point coming in late unless it was going to knock us off our chair. It was nowhere near that.
“They got the response they were expecting with that bid. Jonny is an important, great player and part of the spine of the team.”