Ched Evans Set For Shock Return To Former Club Sheffield United

Sheffield United are close to agreeing a deal to re-sign striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield.

Evans was convicted of rape in April 2012 but was later found not guilty at a retrial in 2016, before he joined the Derbyshire club.

His conviction was eventually quashed and following his acquittal last October after a re-trial, Chesterfield signed the 28 year-old for a free on a one year deal.

The striker is now on the books of relegated League One outfit Chesterfield, but BBC Radio Sheffield understands the Blades have agreed a fee in the region of £500,000 for the player. Evans' previous spell saw the welshman score 35 times in 42 appearances.

At the other end of the table, Chris Wilder's Blades ran away with the League One title and head into the final game of the season needing a win to reach 100 points. The former Wales worldwide joined on a one-year deal which was extended by a season in January.

He scored six more times before the turn of the year but has failed to score in his last 11 appearances and has not featured since 4 March.

The Blades clearly believe they can get the best out of Ched Evans. Some will back the signing and remember the days, albeit five years ago, that Evans was a prolific goalscorer.

It was reported on Monday that the Chesterfield forward, 28, is expected to have a medical with the League One champions this week.

  • Julie Sanders