Former Wales striker to be handed two-year deal.
Oldham Athletic’s deal to sign former Manchester City striker Ched Evans is set to go ahead and will be announced by the club on Thursday, according to the Daily Mail.
The 26-year-old will earn a salary of around £1,500 to £2,500 a week – which is in line with what fellow Oldham player earn – as club officials at Boundary Park want to make sure the deal is ‘as normal as possible’.
Barring any last minute hitches, the deal will go ahead this week and be completed by Thursday.
Reports had suggested that the father of Evans’ fiancé would subsidise his wages or cover any loss of sponsorship the club may incur, though those rumours have side been dispelled.
More than 60,000 people who signed an online petition begging the club not to sign him, and on Monday even PM David Cameron got involved by expressing a warning of his own.
“His view hasn’t changed (from) … the time when there were reports around Sheffield United,” said a club spokesman.
“Ultimately, it is for employers to take decisions, but the prime minister does think that footballers are role models and he is sure that any potential would-be clubs and employers will weigh their decisions very carefully.”