According to The Sun on Sunday (04/04, p61), Middlesbrough are interested in signing Preston striker Ched Evans on a free transfer this summer.
It’s claimed that Neil Warnock is eyeing up a move to take Evans to the Riverside Stadium this summer as Boro weigh up their striking options for next season.
Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher are both out of contract this summer, so Boro could now swoop to land Evans for nothing to bolster their attack.
Warnock may be familiar with Evans’ ability having played for his beloved Sheffield United, and the striker did play against Boro last month.
Evans, 32, joined North End on loan in January before his deal was turned permanent, although only for the same duration – until the end of the season.
The Welshman has been better on the pitch than many expected, but he now seems to have attracted interest from Boro, who may be able to better Preston’s offers from a wage perspective.
North End will likely offer Evans a new deal, but with Boro now in the race for his signature, we could see him simply walk away on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Boro can’t actually offer Evans a pre-contract deal because he’s with another English side, so Preston do have some time to try and get an agreement sorted before Boro can officially speak to him.