Ched Evans close to making Sheffield United return

Following a re-trial, Evans was found not guilty in October last year of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011

BY Raf Diallo 17:28 Monday 24 April 2017, 17:28 24 Apr 2017

Footballer Ched Evans leaves Cardiff Crown Court, where he has been found not guilty of raping a teenager in a hotel in north Wales following a two week retrial. Ben Birchall/PA Archive/PA Images

Ched Evans is closing in on a return to Sheffield United.

A fee has reportedly been agreed with Chesterfield for the former Wales striker, with BBC Radio Sheffield putting it at £500,000 (approx €589,100).

Following a re-trial, Evans was found not guilty in October last year of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011.

He was initially found guilty in April 2012, and was subsequently released by Sheffield United.

He served two and a half years of a five year prison sentence, before his conviction was quashed in 2016.

Evans previously played for Sheffield United between 2009 and 2012, making more than 100 appearances and scoring just fewer than 50 goals for the club.

Evans has made 25 appearances in League One for Chesterfield, scoring five goals.

Sheffield United achieved promotion from that division into the Championship earlier this month.

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