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Picture: £20m-rated Arsenal target completes summer move


Premier League giants Leicester City have completed and announced the signing of Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans from recently relegated West Bromwich Albion after activating his release clause in his contract.

The 30-year-old has signed a three-year deal in a deal believed to be worth just £3.5m, with Leicester triggering the clause that only came into effect if they were relegated from the Premier League.

After getting relegated to the Championship, the former Manchester United was widely expected to leave the Baggies with former the Foxes winning the race for his signature.

However, West Brom turned down approaches from both Manchester City and Arsenal last season that could have seen Evans leave the club for in excess of £20m, representing a sizeable loss on his value within Darren Moore’s team.

Speaking after the move was announced on Friday morning, Evans told LCFC TV: 

“It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the club forward.

I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign for this football club.”

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