Exclusive: Striker to sign for Preston North End today
Ched Evans is set to sign for Preston North End on Tuesday on a short-term deal, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
This site broke the news on 30 December that Alex Neil’s side were in “advanced talks” to land the striker, 32, after a fall-out with Joey Barton at Fleetwood.
Preston have continued to negotiate the capture of Evans even though Barton was sacked by the League One side on Monday.
A Preston source has told Football Insider that terms have now been agreed with the forward on a deal worth around £3,000-a-week.
He is set to put pen to paper on Tuesday and join the Lancashire outfit on short-term contract until the end of the season.
It is the latest chapter in the controversial career of Evans, who had been looking for a way out of Fleetwood after his fallout with Barton.
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Barton told the Blackpool Gazette last week that Evans is “no longer with us and he’ll leave the building due to his discipline and his behaviour…there’s been multiple infractions and we always try to give a bit of leeway but it’s just run its course”.
The Daily Mail report Barton took offence at a joke made by the striker in the dressing room at the expense of the former England midfielder.
Evans had scored seven goals in 23 appearances in all competitions this season for the Cod Army and even captained the side on occasion before being dropped last month.
Since his arrival on the Fylde coast in July 2018, the Welshman found the net 37 times in 99 games.
He would offer proven firepower to a North End side who are in 12th place in the Championship and chasing a play-off spot.
Neil’s current striker options of Jayden Stockley, Emil Riis and Sean Maguire have all struggled in front of goal this term.
Instead, North End’s top scorer is former Celtic winger Scott Sinclair, who has netted seven league goals this campaign, ahead of six-goal Tom Barkhuizen.