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Tony Pulis' pre-Burnley press conference

HEAD Coach Tony Pulis today gave an update on the transfer speculation surrounding club-captain Jonny Evans as he addressed the media ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Burnley.

Pulis confirmed that Albion had rejected an offer from Manchester City for the 29-year-old Northern Ireland international and clarified the club's position that there was no desire to sell Evans.

"The two things are that we don't want to sell him and we don't need to sell him.

"We're not desperate to get the money in so it would have be a very, very good offer.

"And then we'd sit down and talk to Jonny about the situation."

Evans is still struggling with a slight hamstring problem and is unlikely to travel to Turf Moor, meaning he joins James Morrison and Gareth McAuley on the treatment table.

"It looks as though Jonny might miss tomorrow," said Pulis.

"It's his hamstring. One thing we don't want to do is play him and make it worse.

"James and Gareth won't be available again on Saturday and we'll monitor them as we go along."

And on new recruit Gareth Barry, Tony highlighted just how pleased he was to bring the veteran midfielder on board.

"We've been trying to get Gareth for a long time.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have him in.

We're hoping he'll come in and be a character in the dressing room. He's got lots of experience."

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