Newly promoted League One outfit Sheffield United have agreed a deal to re-sign former striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield, according to BBC Radio Sheffield.
In his first stint with The Blades, Evans notched 42 goals in 103 appearances over a 3 year stay at the Sheffield club.
In 2012 Evans was found guilty of rape and sentenced to 5 years in prison – a sentence of which he served 2 and a half years – for an incident involving a 19-year-old girl back in 2011. However, in 2016 Evans was given a retrial and was found not guilty.
Despite interest from multiple clubs, Evans found it difficult to find a new side to sign for, with several potential suitors unwilling to take the risk on the 28-year-old frontman.
However, Chesterfield tabled an offer for the former Manchester City and Norwich striker, and he rewarded them with 7 goals in 29 league appearances.
Sheffield United looked into offering him a contract at the beginning of the season, but threats against the club deterred them from placing an offer.
With Chris Wilder looking to bolster his side heading into the new Championship season, he is reportedly looking at Evans to play alongside League 1 Player of the Season and Top Scorer Billy Sharp.
According to BBC Radio Sheffield, The Blades have offered relegated Chesterfield £500,000 for the striker, and he is set to undergo a medical this week ahead of a second stint at Bramall Lane.
Evans wouldn’t meet up with the squad until the new season, and the deal will raise eyebrows across English football, but this could well be a gamble that pays off.