By Tom Blackburn

Stan Collymore says he doesn’t understand why Arsene Wenger would have considered paying £25million for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.

The Daily Mail claimed that Tony Pulis slapped the price-tag on the 28-year-old defender, who joined for just £6million last summer.

Arsenal have been looking for defensive support after Per Mertersacker and Gabriel were ruled out with long-term injuries.

BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein claimed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Arsenal are close to signing Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, but Wenger could still be looking for another signing before the transfer deadline.

Meanwhile, Collymore has said he doesn’t believe Evans is good enough for Arsenal, and says they should have gone for Ashley Williams instead.

“If Arsenal are looking to buy a central defender who is aggressive and could do a job in the Champions League I am not convinced that Evans is the man,” he said in a video on Twitter.

“He has been decent at West Brom, but it seems once that once someone leaves Man United their career goes downhill.

“How many players leave them and then actually go on and do better things with their career?

“It seems a crazy move for Wenger – surely £12million for Ashley Williams would have been better?”

It is believed that the £25million price-tag for Evans left the Gunners stunned.

However, the 53-time capped international would bring a wealth of experience, including a vast knowledge of the Premier League, to the north London club’s backline.

Evans has three years left on his West Brom contract and has starred in 178 encounters in England’s top-flight for Manchester United, Sunderland and his current side.

He has won the league three times and has also featured in 27 Champions League fixtures, winning the elite competition during the 2007-08 campaign.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Guillem Balague makes this astonishing revelation about their imminent new signing.