Date: 12th June 2011 at 9:49pm
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Ipswich Town are claimed to be in discussions over the possible signing of Sheffield United striker Ched Evans, according to reports over the weekend.

Evans, who was mentioned as a possible strike target for Town back in May, appears destined to leave Bramall Lane this summer after Sheffield United were relegated to League One. The 22-year-old, who has been capped 13 times by Wales at senior level, has suffered from injury problems with just 13 league goals to his name since joining the Blades in 2009, but he was rather more prolific on loan at Norwich City in 2007/08, where he scored 10 goals in 28 appearances.

Tabloid reports now suggest that Evans is holding talks with both Ipswich and Championship rivals Leicester City, whilst Middlesbrough are also said to be interested. The former Manchester City striker, who is reportedly valued at around £1.2 million, is said to be on £20,000 per week at Bramall Lane.

Town manager Paul Jewell has previously spoken of the need for a greater threat up front next season, and it would be no surprise if he is planning on making further additions to his strikeforce. Evans could possibly be seen as a strike partner for new signing Michael Chopra, who joined Ipswich on Friday, with some reports suggesting that striker Connor Wickham is heading for a much-anticipated move to the Premier League. Following rumours about a possible bid from Liverpool, Town are now said to have rejected a rather meagre offer of £5.5 million from Kenny Dalglish’s side for the teenager, whilst a potential arrangement to sell Wickham in return for a loan deal for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has also been mooted.

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