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West Brom rejected an offer from Arsenal for defender Jonny Evans on deadline day.
The Gunners were almost sent on their heels with the clubs at a dispute on their valuation of the Northern Ireland international, Press Association Sport understands.
Arsenal spent around £56million to acquire Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s signature from Borussia Dortmund early on Tuesday but was never close to any deal for Evans.
Albion did not want to sell Evans but recognized they may have needed to cash in to reinforce the squad, more specifically in attack, for their war against relegation.
But the loan signing of Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool on Tuesday beefed up the forward line.
They have been able to retain skipper Evans in the last two windows after Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester all expressed an interest in the summer.