GETTYJonny Evans has just 18 months left on his contract at West Brom
Pardew admits he fears losing the defender after Manchester City, Leicester and Arsenal all bid for him in the summer.
But he has promised the Baggies will not be caught cold in the transfer market if they are forced to cash in on the Northern Ireland star.
West Brom rejected all bids in the summer despite Pep Guardiola offering £18m and Leicester £25m but, with Evans’ contract due to expire in 18 months, Pardew admits he cannot guarantee keeping him next month.
“I’m never confident when you’ve got great players because other clubs want great players,” said Pardew.
“So your best players are always vulnerable. Jonny Evans is certainly one of them, and he’s our captain.
“Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.”Alan Pardew on Jonny Evans
“Do I want to lose him? Of course not. Do I fear losing him? Of course I do.”
Evans’ future was the subject of a summer-long saga while £18m record signing Nacer Chadli was also a target for Swansea after falling out with ex-boss Tony Pulis.
Both could be targeted again in January but Pardew insists he and technical director Nick Hammond will not be caught without possible replacements in mind.
“I have some good history with Nicky Hammond in terms of what we did at Reading and I trust him 100 per cent on the transfer front and with the scouting team,” said Pardew.
“I have looked at that scouting team and there is a lot of knowledge and experience in there.
GETTYAlan Pardew fears losing Jonny Evans in January but insists he has a plan in place
“I think we will be fine and set for January to react to any situation, whether it be Evans or Chadli, a striker coming in or whatever I feel we have to do.
“We need to know, if we have an injury, how much cover have we got in that position? Do we need to get cover there?
“The Premier League levels are so high across the board that you have to try to get as much advantage as you can.
“The earlier you have those talks the better, and we have had those talks this week.”